Migration and Sustainable Development in The Gambia

Consultative Dialogue
Organised by
GK Partners & Office of the President
(Government of The Gambia)

REPORT OF THE
SECOND STAKE IN THE NATION FORUM

SNF2 Keynote Address:
His Excellency President Adama Barrow

VENUE: Coco Ocean Resort & Spa, Bijilo, The Gambia
DATE: Saturday, 12 January 2019
TIME: 9am to 7pm

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SNF2 RECORDING

RECORDING OF THE SECOND STAKE IN THE NATION FORUM

SNF2 Keynote Address: His Excellency President Adama Barrow,
Delivered by the Vice President, H.E. Ousainu A.N.M. Darboe

Saturday, 12 January 2019, 9am to 7pm

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“Some of you are regular visitors to The Gambia, and others have suffered the pain and isolation of exile, caused by 22 years of dictatorship. Yet, all of you, through different ways,
have maintained your emotional and
developmental ties with our great country”

H.E. President Adama Barrow – 23 September 2017

Gambian Diaspora Strategy Booklet

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GAMBIAN DIASPORA
EIGHTH REGION OF THE GAMBIA

DIASPORA STRATEGY

Phase 2 of the MSDG project focuses on:

Accredited training and CPD on Consular Services and Diaspora Diplomacy (CSDD), and Public Sector Management (PSM);
Diaspora engagement and the annual Stake in the Nation Forum (SNF);
Facilitation of diaspora voting and participation in municipal, national, regional and international policy processes;
Support the development of the Gambia Diaspora Directorate (GDD);
Reducing the cost of remittances and issuance of Diaspora Bonds;
Gambian Diaspora Technical Support (GDTS) and diaspora investment

Partnership between GK Partners, Swiss Government & Gambia Government

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Diaspora Strategy
(Research & Surveys)
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Gambia Diaspora
Directorate
Gambia Diaspora Month
(15 Dec to 14 Jan)
Remittances
& Investment
Stake in the Nation Forum
(Annual Event)
Capacity Development
(Training & Support)
Gambia House Model
(Diaspora Diplomacy)
Diaspora Networks
(Organisations & Groups)
Rabat Process
(Euro-African Dialogue)
Global & Bi-Lateral Engagement

Gambia House Model (Diaspora Diplomacy)

Gambia House model is an innovation to facilitate Gambian diaspora diplomacy. The Government of The Gambia does not have the resources to operate embassies or consulates in all the countries and districts across the world where Gambians reside. Furthermore, Gambia has one of the highest percentages of its graduates and skilled professionals living abroad. This is an opportunity for a new form of diplomacy, whereby suitably qualified Gambians in the diaspora are appointed as Honorary Consuls or Consul Generals, as part of a structured Gambia House organisation.

In the relevant country or district within a country, a local Gambia House legal entity is registered as a Charity, Not-For-Profit or Non-Governmental Organisation. The mission or goal of Gambia House would to “create an effective Consulate-General or Honorary Consulate, to deepen diplomatic, economic, institutional and cultural ties, and facilitate exchange, assistance and cooperation between [the relevant country or district] and The Gambia”.

The Gambia House legal entity is to be managed by a Board of Trustees, comprising Gambian diasporans and local ‘Friends of Gambia’ with the required expertise, experience and commitment to the mission and values of Gambia House. The entity will raise its own funds to pay for the range of services delivered, which may include:   

  • Promotion of trade, business and investment to Gambia
  • Facilitation of education, social and cultural exchange programmes
  • Facilitation of bi-lateral relations for institution building and development support
  • Provision of advisory and welfare services to Gambian residents
  • Provision of passport renewal, visa issuance and other consular and diplomatic services.

The Gambia House model is being piloted with Gambia House (Norway).