Ambassador Paschall Addresses U.S.-funded Disaster Contingency Workshop

Ambassador Paschall recently addressed over 40 participants and partners at a workshop to update the West Coast Region’s Contingency Plan in Kanilai village, West Coast Region (WCR).  The workshop, the final phase of the “Africa Regional Migration Program,” was funded by the U.S. Department of State.  Implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in The Gambia and the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), the program represents a regional project in West and Central Africa, which aims to build the capacities of state and non-state actors to provide assistance to vulnerable migrants.  Ambassador Paschall said the project started in The Gambia in 2016, and focused on reinforcing the Government of The Gambia’s capacity to address the needs of vulnerable migrants and to improve efforts of migration data management.  He said, “Over the past three years, the project has accomplished much from regional training of trainers, to developing bilateral labor agreements, to next week’s contingency plan simulation exercise that will test the capabilities of first responders to manage migration flows in times of crises.”