Embassy Banjul Hosts #July4OnTheMoo

The U.S. Embassy hosted the annual Independence Day Official reception on Tuesday, July 2.  It was the largest ever July 4th reception in Banjul with well over 150 government representatives, members of civil society and press, and even popular Gambian recording artists in attendance.  The theme of the evening was the 50th Anniversary of the …

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Ambassador Paschall Congratulates Civil Society and Security Forces

At the closing ceremony of the U.S. Embassy-Sponsored Civil-Military Relations seminar, Ambassador Paschall delivered remarks and congratulated participants.  The State Department-funded summit was a collaboration between the U.S. Embassy Dakar-based Office of Security Cooperation, the U.S. Institute of Security Governance (formerly the Center for Civil-Military Relations), and The Gambia Armed Forced (GAF).  Participants joined teams …

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Ambassador Paschall Addresses Human Trafficking at Juneteenth Event

Ambassador Paschall joined Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hamat Bah to celebrate Juneteenth at the American Corner Comium.   The corner commemorated this historic day by screening the last episode of the 2016 remake of Alex Haley’s Roots which tells the story of Kuntah Kinteh, a young man who was kidnapped from The Gambia and sold …

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Ambassador Meets with Miami University Students

Ambassador Paschall met with several undergraduate and graduate students at the American Corner on Wednesday to discuss their experiences studying public health initiatives in The Gambia. Spanning several health-related disciplines like Nutrition, Epidemiology, Physical Therapy, and Kinesiology, these students discussed how studying health infrastructure in The Gambia gave an international development context to their studies. …

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PRESS RELEASE: 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report

Today at the United States Department of State, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo released the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, an annual publication documenting the efforts of the governments of 187 countries and territories, including the United States, to combat human trafficking.  Under the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), it is …

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Press Release: United States Supports of The Gambia’s Efforts to Investigate Financial Crimes and Recover Assets

The United States government fully supports the Government of The Republic of The Gambia’s investigation into the corruption of former President Yahya Jammeh, and Gambian efforts to recover the ill-gotten gains of Jammeh and his associates. We commend the efforts of the Commission of Inquiry into the Financial Activities of Public Bodies, Enterprises and Offices, …

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Meet 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow Sainabou Barra Cham

Sainabou is a trained nurse and midwife with over six years’ of professional experience.  As a passionate young health practitioner, she most recently served as the Officer-in-Charge of the Bureng Health Center in Jarra East, Lower River Region (LRR).  In this role, she managed the daily operations of the facility; trained auxiliary staff; and managed …

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Meet Ebrima Sonko, 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow

A graduate of the University of The Gambia, Ebrima works as a Research Officer with the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), which is mandated to investigate the human rights violations of the ex-President from 1994-2016 and his supporters.  He is also an emerging civil society leader and worked with a 2017 Mandela Fellowship alumnus …

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Meet Ndey Fatou Jabang, 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow

  Ndey Fatou is a unique young entrepreneur who found her entrepreneurial niche in dancing.  A media personality, choreographer, and actress, she is one of the few locally known dance entrepreneurs in The Gambia.  Ndey Fatou began her dance career at her mother’s folk dance group and has since gained international expo, including a dance …

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Meet Kemo Bojang, 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow

Kemo is a popular emerging young political leader with remarkable achievements in his young political career.  Most recently, be became the youngest political leader to hold a national executive position in the country’s largest political party, the United Democratic Party (UDP).  Kemo believes that his election will inspire more young people to join politics and …

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Meet Binta Badjie, 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow

Binta Badjie is an inspiring disability rights activist with a good track record of leadership and community engagement.  She bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Labor Management from the American International University in The Gambia.  Binta identifies herself as a deaf woman.  She also serves as Secretary General of the Gambian Deaf Women’s …

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PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Embassy Announces 2019 Mandela Washington Fellows

The United States Embassy in The Gambia congratulates seven young Gambians selected for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The 2019 Fellows are Kemo Bojang, Ndey Fatou Jabang, Ebrima Sonko, Binta Badjie, Modou Lamin Fatty, Sainabou Barra Cham, and Lamin Jafuneh. They were selected from over 330 Gambians who applied for this …

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Ambassador Paschall Meets with Islamic Council Vice President

Ambassador Paschall recently led a delegation of the United States Army Chaplains to the Supreme Islamic Council (SIC) where he held talks with the Council’s Vice President, Imam Sheriff Badjan.  Imam Badjan explained the functions of the Council, saying one of its primary roles is to provide oversight on activities carried out by visitors in …

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Ambassador Paschall, and Imam Ratib Discuss Tolerance and Transitional Justice

Ambassador Paschall led a delegation of the United States Army Chaplains in a discussion with the senior members of the Banjul Muslim Elders’ Committee and the Imam of King Fahad Mosque, the main mosque in Banjul.  The Committee discussed religious freedom, co-existence, the role of religious leaders in strengthening peace among different faiths in The …

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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 …

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Ambassador and Mrs. Paschall Inspire Bright Rural Students

Ambassador Richard Carl Paschall and his wife, Jane Ellen, visited the Competitive College Club (CCC) members and teachers at the Sibanor Secondary school.  The duo expressed the importance of education and good life choices.  The Ambassador congratulated the students for the outstanding academic achievements that led to them being selected as club members. He underscored …

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U.S. Embassy Announces Annual Competition for Humphrey Fellowship 2020-2021

  The United States Embassy Banjul is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program open to Gambians. The Fellowship is a one-year program to study at a leading U.S. university, offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership and a commitment to public …

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Ambassador Richard Paschall’s Remarks at State House Credentialing Ceremony

It was a pleasure to present my letters of credence to His Excellency President Barrow, and I am grateful to him and to his government for hosting this ceremony and for the warm welcome and statement of friendship, of partnership, and of a shared commitment to the democratic ideals of freedom, of liberty, of justice, …

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PRESS RELEASE: Ambassador Paschall Presents Credentials, Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to The Gambia’s Democratic Reforms

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to The Gambia, Richard ‘Carl’ Paschall III, presented his letters of credence to the President of the Republic, Mr. Adama Barrow, on April 9, 2019 during a formal credentialing ceremony at State House in Banjul. Ambassador Paschall was accompanied to State House by his …

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CDA Seaver Congratulates Gambia 2019 IVLP Participants

Charge d’Affaires Shelly Seaver and PAO Kathryn Edwards met with young Gambian leaders who will participate in 2019 International Visitor Leadership Programs (IVLP) in the United States.  Ms. Juma Baldeh, a tech enthusiast who provides volunteer training and support for girls to pursue STEAM education, will participate in the program, “Advancing Women in STEAM Fields.” …

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U.S. Embassy Banjul Announces 2019 Study of U.S. Institutes’ Applications

U.S. Embassy Banjul is accepting applications for the Summer, 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars. The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign scholars and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, …

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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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U.S. Embassy Banjul Facebook

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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