By Ousman A Marong
The Gambia Pilot Program (GPP) has on Monday 16th November, 2020 oriented the media on it’s achieve overarching goals at NaNA Conference Hall at Bertil Harding Highway.
“The aims and objectives of the media orientation is to formally introduce, enlighten and strengthen journalists with the concept of the GPP its relevance and impacts on agricultural value chains and the methods designed to achieve its overarching goals. The first occasion for the execution of the pilot program, the success of the Gambia will serve as a major catalyst to expand the grant scheme in other West Africa countries. This cannot be possible without the contribution of the media,” said Sainey M.K Marenah, the GPP Lead Communication and Media Expert.
According to him, the GPP is a partnership project facilitated to support sustainable growth by the government of the Gambia and German government under the ECOWAS stabilisation fund through KfW which has contracted GAMWORKS as the implementing agency with technical assistance from German Consulting Company PEM Consult.
The project also has an envelope of D10, 00000 (Ten Millions Dalasi) with three intervention regions namely, the Greater Banjul Area, Upper River Region (URR) and Lower River Region (LRR).
It has a landing side too which is building the infrastructure in which Barra is included Jeshwang, Brufut, Batokunku and Tanji respectively.
Mr Omar Gaye, GPP Project Co-ordinator said the Gambia pilot program is a ECOWAS Commission between the Gambia Government and Germany Ministry for Economic Coperation and development. He said the two countries agreed on Gambia pilot program as part of the regional globalisation fund in the ECOWAS member state.
“In this complex project the overall objectives is to contribute to the stability and sustainable development of the Gambia. The program is going to be piloted in the country and spread to the rest of the ECOWAS member states. It has three value chains and they are hurticultural, poultry and fish value chain,” he said.
He further stated that the program also support infrastructure and equipment investment on production, processing and marketing with vocational training development for the young people.
Mr. Pa Saibo Beyai, GPP official also hailed the media which he described as educating the masses in a very important arm of government.
“This project is aimed at delivering one of the sub-sectors of our economy that is trying to address youth unemployment,” he concludes.