U.S. Embassy Commends Launch of Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission

  The U.S. Embassy in Banjul commends the government of The Gambia for launching the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC).  The establishment of this commission marks an important milestone for The Gambia and its people. We echo President Adama Barrow’s statement that “there is a crucial need to put the victims at the center ...
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Senior Official from United States Africa Command Visits The Gambia

The highest ranking civilian at the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) made an orientation visit to The Gambia on July 25, 2018. Ambassador Alexander M. Laskaris, who serves as the Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, held discussions with senior government officials on issues related to security sector reform and civil-military relations in The Gambia. During ...
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PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Department of State Acknowledges Gambia’s Commitment to Religious Freedom

As required by the U.S. Congress, the United States Department of State released the 2017 International Religious Freedom Report on May 29, acknowledging the commitment of the government of The Gambia towards religious freedom and tolerance. Selected excerpts of that report follow. In January 2017, President Adama Barrow announced the country’s return to a secular ...
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Ambassador Alsup: U.S. Committed to Expanding Trade Links with The Gambia

The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup on May 9 presided over an African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) workshop in Banjul, using the opportunity to reaffirm the United States Government’s commitment to restoring and expanding its trade links with The Gambia. The AGOA workshop was organized in partnership with the Gambia ...
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USAID Administrator Mark Green Meets Gambia’s Finance Minister

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met today with The Honorable Amadou Sanneh, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs of The Gambia. Administrator Green congratulated the Minister for the restoration of The Gambia’s eligibility under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and expressed support for the country’s democratic transition. ...
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U.S. Dept. of State Recognizes ‘Significant Positive Changes’ in Gambia’s Human Rights Climate

The United States Department of State has recently released its 2017 Human Rights Report, recognizing that The Gambia’s democratic transfer of power has resulted in “significant positive changes in the human rights climate.” The democratic transfer of power (in 2016) resulted in significant positive changes in the human rights climate. Among President Barrow’s first acts ...
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2018 Mandela Washington Fellows Unveiled

The United States Embassy in The Gambia congratulates the seven young Gambians selected for the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Fellows are Mariama Barry, Aziz Bala Gaye, Awa Sinyan, Hassan Y. Jallow, Mbassey Manneh, Teslima Jallow and Anna Jaiteh.  They were selected from among almost 400 Gambians who applied for this ...
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MCC Visits Gambia to Begin Threshold Program Development

A delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), led by MCC Acting Vice President for the Department of Policy and Evaluation Thomas Kelly, visited The Gambia recently to discuss the development of an MCC threshold program to reduce poverty and promote economic growth in partnership with the Government of The Gambia.  The Gambia was selected by ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows

The United States Embassy in The Gambia congratulates the ten young Gambians selected for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Fellows are Ida Jatta, Mariyann Jabang, Bakary Fatty, Kujeh Kah, Gabriel Gomez, Fatoumatta Kassama, Ruqayah Sesay, Njogu Jeng, Benjamin Gomez and Yusupha Keita.  They were selected from among almost 500 Gambians ...
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U.S. Department of State Releases Human Rights Report for The Gambia

  The United States Department of State released the annual Country Report on Human Rights Practices for The Gambia on March 3. Ambassador Alsup remarked that while the report was accurate for the final months of former President Jammeh’s tenure in 2016, The Gambia is now clearly embarked on a new and better path toward ...
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Public Diplomacy Section Trains Journalists in Best Practices in Election Reporting

Following the arrest of several Gambian journalists in the run-up to presidential elections on December 1, Public Diplomacy Banjul offered a multi-part DVC series on election coverage and reporting in partnership with ARS. With lectures delivered by Elizabeth Bryant, an experienced Paris-based American journalist, and George Kazolias, a professor of journalism, local journalists discussed the ...
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Ambassador Alsup Visits Organization for the Visually Impaired

During her outreach to Lower River Region, the Ambassador visited Start Now Organization’s Rehabilitation Center of Technology on November 1.  This disability-focused organization was partially funded with a grant from Embassy Banjul’s Public Diplomacy Section.  Founded by a visually-impaired 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, Start Now strives to empower visually-impaired high school graduates by providing a ...
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Second Cohort of Startup Incubator Clients Graduates

Ambassador Alsup attend the graduation ceremony 19 Startup Incubator clients in November.  The Startup Incubator, funded by U.S. Embassy Banjul’s Public Diplomacy section, supports the successful development of young Gambian entrepreneurs through an array of business support services and resources.  Their journey begins with a week-long training session led by a U.S.-based Gambian business consultant ...
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American Corner Hosts International Education Week Virtual College Fair

On November 16, the Public Diplomacy Section celebrated International Education Week by inviting 120 top Gambian senior secondary school students to the American Corner for this year’s virtual college fair. The students joined tens of thousands of others across Africa and other parts of the world to interact live online with admission directors from more ...
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The United States Commends The Gambia on Peaceful Election

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY December 3, 2016 I congratulate the people of The Gambia for their peaceful and democratic presidential election on December 1. We also congratulate President-elect Adama Barrow on his historic victory, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country, and we look forward to working with him as ...
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Please join conversations on our Facebook page!  U.S. Embassy Banjul encourages lively debate and civil discourse.  This page is a safe space for open discussion and we appreciate all contributions to a free debate.  Abusive or profane language, hate speech and commercial solicitations will be removed from the site to promote the respectful exchange of ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Marc Shaw’s Remarks at U.S.- Funded Message Development Workshop

Good morning ladies and gentlemen!  I am very pleased to be with you this morning for this important Message Development Workshop.  I believe this is an important first step to increase electoral awareness and strengthen The Gambia’s democratic space ahead of the December 1st presidential election. The U.S. Embassy is proud of this project, and ...
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U.S. Embassy Banjul Suspends Visa Issuance to Gambian Government Officials

As of October 1, 2016, the United States Embassy in Banjul, The Gambia has discontinued issuing visas to Gambian government officials, others associated with the government, and their families.  The Department may make exceptions for travel based on U.S. international obligations and to advance humanitarian and other U.S. government interests. Why is this?  There are ...
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Ambassador Visits Religious Centers, Projects in NBR

The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup, resumed her comprehensive nationwide outreach with visits to religious centers and to projects funded by the U.S. Embassy in the North Bank Region (NBR) on September 27. While in NBR, the Ambassador, accompanied by the region’s Governor, Lamin Queen Jammeh, visited the Kerewan and Farafenni ...
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Ambassador Alsup Presides at Black History Month Symposium

  PRESS RELEASE: Ambassador Alsup Presides at Black History Month Symposium at the University of The Gambia (February 24, 2016) It is such a pleasure to join you today as we come together to celebrate Black History Month. Thank you to Dr. Omar Jah, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of The Gambia for ...
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Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup Presents Credentials

PRESS RELEASE:  Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup Presents Credentials The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, Carolyn Patricia Alsup,on Monday, January 11, presented her letters of credence to the Vice President and Minister of Women’s Affairs, Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy, during a formal ceremony at State ...
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