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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3 Smart Secondary School Scholars, Teacher Attends Pan-African Youth Leadership Program 2018

Three extraordinary young Gambian secondary school students and their teacher chaperone have been selected for participation in the 2018 Pan-African Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP). This fully-funded three-week program will take place from August 4 – August 25, 2018 at various colleges, universities, and institutions throughout the United States.  The young scholars are Nyajay Satta Braima, ...
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PD’s Competitive College Club Holds Education Retreat

On June 29, members of PD-funded Competitive College Clubs and their teacher coordinators organized a rural educational retreat in Mansa Konko, Lower River Region. Acting Public Affairs Officer Amelia Broderick and Cultural Affairs Assistant Hatab Fadera travelled to the region for the retreat and delivered interactive presentations on the network’s impact and the U.S. college ...
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U.S. Embassy Promotes U.S. Higher Education at Bridging Gaps Expo

Embassy Banjul participated in the first “Bridging Gaps Advisory Education and Career Expo” by displaying an EducationUSA booth.  The founder and CEO of Bridging Gaps, Ramatoulie Gaye, a woman empowerment activist, started the program in order to inform young Gambians, especially young women, of post-secondary educational options available to them and by helping develop their ...
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EducationUSA Advising Caravan Promotes Post-Secondary Education to High Academic Achievers Nationwide

Embassy Banjul’s Public Diplomacy section organized a week-long education advising caravan from July 16-20 to promote EducationUSA to members of our PD-funded Competitive College Clubs (CCC) across Gambia’s rural regions.  The A/PAO and Cultural Assistant/EducationUSA Advisor traveled to Farafenni Senior Secondary School; Armitage, an historic Senior Secondary School in Janjangbureh; Nasir Ahmadiyya Senior Secondary School ...
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Meet Mandela Fellow Awa Sinyan

Awa Sinyan is a young Gambian entrepreneur who founded Mira Impex Company, specializing in raw cashew nut agriculture.  The business supplies raw cashew nuts to partners in the international markets.  With five permanent staff and 30 seasonal staff members, Mira Impex increased its export from 500 to 700 tons of raw cashew nut between 2016 ...
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Ambassador Discusses Mission’s Health, Educational Priorities with Miami Students

On June 12, Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup hosted a student roundtable with nine visiting students from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The meeting, also attended by Acting Public Affairs Officer Amelia Broderick, discussed U.S. health and education priorities in The Gambia.  The group was led by Professor Helaine Alessio and Professor Mel Cohen (now retired).  ...
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Ambassador Alsup Hosts Iftar in Brikama

On June 7, U.S. Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup co-hosted an Iftar dinner in Brikama, West Coast Region (WCR).  The Ambassador was received at the dinner by the Chief Executive Officer of the Brikama Area Council (BAC), Mr. Mamsait Jallow. The Iftar, held at the Governor’s Office, was attended by representatives from diverse faith communities.  Ambassador ...
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Ambassador Engages Religious Leaders in North Bank Region

On June 5, Ambassador, C. Patricia Alsup and Governor Ebrima K.S. Dampha of North Bank Region (NBR) co-hosted an Iftar dinner in Kerewan.  During the dinner, the Ambassador and regional leaders exchanged views on religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence, stressing the need for diverse Gambian communities to strengthen their shared values.  The Ambassador was on ...
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U.S. Ambassador Hosts National Iftar for Faith, Political Leaders

Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup on May 31st hosted a traditional national Iftar dinner at her residence in Fajara.  The dinner was part of the Embassy’s Ramadan Iftar series meant to promote a message on the importance of religious tolerance and pluralism.  The Iftar brought together faith leaders from diverse religious denominations, government officials, members of ...
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Ambassador Preaches Religious Harmony in Rural Gambia

Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup recently co-hosted an Iftar dinner in Mansa Konko in the Lower River Region (LRR).  During her remarks, she enjoined faith and community leaders in the region to nurture religious harmony and peaceful co-existence.  “In The Gambia, it is easy for one to find mosques and churches adjacent to each other with ...
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Meet Mandela Fellow Aziz Bala-Gaye

Aziz Bala-Gaye is an economist with The Gambia’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Regional Integration, where he formulates policy in the trade, industrial growth and development, and medium, small and micro enterprise (MSME) promotion and employment sectors.  Although only 25, Aziz sits on policy committees and provides analysis and information about economic trends, and recommendations ...
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Meet Mandela Fellow Mbassey Manneh

Mbassey Manneh is a political activist and pro-democracy campaigner.  She is particularly interested in ensuring that youth and women are active in politics and included in all decision-making processes that affect their lives.  During the 2017 National Assembly Elections, Mbassey headed the fundraising committee of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run movement that launched a countrywide caravan to encourage ...
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Meet Mandela Fellow Teslima Jallow

A development studies student, Teslima has over five years’ experience in community development, and volunteers in a number of organizations.  He serves as the deputy Country Director for the non-profit organization, Your Change for A Change (YCFaC) foundation, and he co-founded the community based organization, the Kombo East Youth and Children Development Alliance (KEYCDA).  Through ...
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Meet Mandela Fellow Mariama Barry

A police officer in The Gambia Police Force (GPF), Ms. Mariama Barry serves as the Assistant Commanding Officer for Administration at the Police Headquarters in Banjul.  Ms. Barry is a third-year student at the University of The Gambia (UTG), majoring in Public Administration.  As a survivor of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Mariama is devoting her ...
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Meet Mandela Fellow Hassan Jallow

Hassan Jallow’s journey in the field of Information Technology began in his school days when he crossed The Gambia River to come to Banjul and create an email account.  Since then, he has become a “techpreneur,” software developer, and electronics hobbyist.  His firm, Assutech, has developed seven different apps for six organizations/institutions.  One of the ...
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Meet Anna Jaiteh, Mandela Fellow 2018

A lawyer with an accounting background, Anna Jaiteh established Yummy Chips, which imports plantain chips from Ghana for local consumption.  Anna established this business following her successful participation in the YALI Regional Leadership Program in Accra, Ghana, where she met a Ghanaian counterpart who would become her business partner.  Anna’s medium-term goal is to cultivate ...
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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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PD Announces Local Grants Funding for FY 2018

The Public Diplomacy Section (PD) of U.S. Embassy Banjul is pleased to announce that funding is available through the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Grants Program for Fiscal Year 2018. Embassy Public Diplomacy (PD) grants are intended for local representatives of civil society, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, and universities, to support exchange between the U.S. ...
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2019-2020 Humphrey Fellowship Announced

U.S. Embassy Banjul is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2019-2020. This one-year Fellowship program is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a commitment to public service, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent ...
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PD Launches Ask The Consular Video Series

Public Diplomacy Banjul has launched a 10-week Ask The Consular Officer Video Series to engage with the local Gambian audience about the United States visa application process. The project, in collaboration with the Consular Section, is designed to be an effective information campaign to reduce confusion and raise Gambian awareness about the seemingly complicated visa ...
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PD-funded Mayoral Debate Receives Accolades

Public Diplomacy Banjul has partnered with a Mandela Washington Fellowship alumnus to organize mayoral candidate debates ahead of Local Government Elections on May 12. The first debate for the Kanifing Municipality featured five aspiring mayoral candidates who outlined their plans and programs to a packed town hall audience. The candidates fiercely debated the best solutions ...
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Embassy WhatsApp-inspired CSO Celebrates First Anniversary

United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup recently attended a symposium to mark the first anniversary of ‘For The Gambia First’ organization in Kanifing.  This civil society organization grew out of U.S. Embassy Banjul’s WhatsApp Group, which was launched in September, 2016. Ambassador Alsup delivered the keynote remarks at the event and said ...
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American Corner Banjul Hosts Mini College Fair

The United States Embassy Banjul’s Public Diplomacy section wrapped up its activities for this year’s International Education Week with a mini college fair hosted at the American Corner Comium.  The fair featured Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni as representatives of their host universities during their Fellowships. More than 50 high school and university students attended the ...
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U.S. Embassy Banjul Scholars Program Launched

On November 16, U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy section launched its Banjul Scholars Program as part of activities marking International Education Week.  Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup launched the Program at our American Corner Comium and engaged young scholars in a lively question and answer session bordering on the relevance of education and U.S. higher education. “I am ...
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Ambassador Alsup Awards Outgoing Peace Corps Volunteers

Ambassador Alsup recently conferred certificates on 30 Agricultural and Health Peace Corps Volunteers during a banquet dinner held to celebrate the end of their two years of service in Banjul.  The close of service dinner was also attended by the Peace Corps Country Director, Jennifer Goette. Since 1967, more than 1,700 Peace Corps Volunteers have ...
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U.S. Supports Capacity Development of New Gambian Lawmakers

The United States Embassy Banjul’s Public Diplomacy section recently collaborated with the Africa Regional Services office in Paris (ARS) for a three-day speaker seminar that trained new Gambian lawmakers in transparency, good governance, human rights and the rule of law. ARS expert, Alexander Paulson, discussed the challenges confronting lawmakers and strategies to promote transparency, good ...
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Embassy PAO Holds Debrief Session for 2017 Mandela Fellows

September 28, 2017:  The U.S. Embassy Banjul’s Public Affairs Officer, Janel Heird, has held a debrief session for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows at the chancery.  The debrief session came following a successful six-week program in the U.S.  During sessions that lasted two hours, Fellows took turn to share their accomplishments and challenges during their ...
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Embassy Grants $25,000 for Refugee Program in Gambia

The United States Embassy in Banjul on September 19 signed grants with two local NGOs to implement the Mission’s Julia Taft Refugee Program in The Gambia. The grants, totaling $25,000, were signed at the American Corner during ceremonies presided over by Chargé d’Affaires Marc Shaw. Gambia Food and Nutrition Association (GAFNA) will identify and train ...
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U.S. Congressional Delegation Holds Talks with Gambia’s VP

A high-powered United States Congressional Delegation (CoDel) visited The Gambia on Saturday, September 2. The delegation was led by Senator Christopher Coons, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and includes: Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Rep. Terry Sewell (D-AL), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Sen. Michael ...
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Embassy Supports Academic, Leadership Development of Young Gambian Scholars

Accessible, high-quality and relevant education is critical to unlocking the potential of young Gambians. That’s what the annual Bright  Stars’ Academic Camp offers for Gambia’s young higher academic achievers, including members of Embassy Banjul-run Competitive College Clubs. On August 14, 50 of these students graduated at the Ebunjan Theater after completing an intensive 10-day academic ...
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Embassy Grants Over US$55,000 for Entrepreneurship Development

The Public Diplomacy section of U.S. Embassy Banjul granted $55,000 (2.5 Million Dalasis) to the Startup Incubator Gambia. The grant signing was presided over by the United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup at the Incubator’s complex in Kanifing. This latest grant supports the successful development of young Gambian entrepreneurs and will solidify ...
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PAO Congratulates Newest Gambian MasterCard Scholars

U.S. Embassy Banjul’s Public Affairs Officer, Janel Heird, congratulated two young Gambian students for being awarded MasterCard Foundation Scholarships. Nyimansata Damba Danjo, a former member of U.S. Embassy Banjul’s Competitive College Clubs (CCC), and Michael Habeeb Oluwatosin, are pursuing their undergraduate programs at Michigan State University (MSU). On August 8, PAO Heird held a pre-departure ...
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PD, Consular Hold Joint Sessions on Visas, Admission Process

The Public Diplomacy and Consular sections of U.S. Embassy Banjul held joint presentations on August 7 for top secondary school students as part of the Bright Stars’ Summer Camp, currently underway in partnership with YMCA Gambia. More than 50 students, PD-organized Competitive College Clubs across the country are attending the camp. Presentations by Public Affairs ...
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PAO Leads #YALIServes Tree Planting on Mandela Day

On July 18, Embassy Banjul Public Affairs Officer, Janel Heird, joined staff of American Corner Banjul, the Gambia IVLP Alumni Association, and YALI Network members for a tree planting exercise at a lower basic school in the West Coast Region in observance of Mandela Day. The exercise was also part of efforts to raise awareness ...
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Embassy Celebrates 241st Independence, Peace Golden Jubilee

On July 4th, the United States Embassy Banjul hosted an evening reception, celebrating the 241st anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America and the Golden Jubilee of the United States Peace Corps’ uninterrupted partnership in The Gambia. Speeches by Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup, The Gambia’s Finance Minister, Hon. Amadou Sanneh, and the ...
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Ambassador Alsup Awards Top Student Environment Essayists

The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup, on June 21 handed out certificates of achievement to 12 Competitive College Club students who emerged as winners of the U.S. Embassy Banjul’s sponsored World Environment Day Essay Contest. The top senior secondary school students who come from Gambia’s rural regions were also presented gift ...
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Embassy Hosts Traditional Ramadan Iftar for Gambian Community

The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup, on June 15, hosted at her residence, the Mission’s traditional Iftar (fast break) and dinner.  The event brought together faith and political leaders, including the Overseer of the Office of the Vice President, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Imam Ratib of Banjul and Gambia ...
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Mandela Fellows Meet President Barrow

On June 7, Gambia’s President Adama  Barrow  met with the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows from The Gambia at his Fajara Office. The Head of State congratulated the Fellows and encouraged them to be better citizens.  The 10 young leaders have since arrived the U.S., among 1000 young leaders selected from across Africa.  
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Gambian Mandela Fellows Arrive Washington

Ten young Gambians have arrived in Washington, United States, for the prestigious  Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders  2017. #TheGambia10 , seen off at the Banjul International Airport by family members, is among 1000 inspiring young African leaders selected from across the continent. The team is a pool of great talents who come from diverse sectors of The Gambian society. They will ...
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PD, Gambia University Partner on Access to Justice

Ambassador Alsup spoke at a Public Diplomacy Banjul event on June 7 in partnership with the University of The Gambia and Fulbright Specialist David Tushaus from Missouri Western University. Professor Tushaus is wrapping up a six-week program in The Gambia, during which he worked with university faculty and law students to operationalize a law clinic ...
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PD Launches Five-month Training for Local Journalists

Public Diplomacy Banjul launched a five-month online training program for Gambian broadcasters on June 8. Staff worked with local radio stations to identify 25 of the most promising radio journalists in the early stages of their careers. These journalists will complete a two-month series of courses customized for this program by The Poynter Institute of ...
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Embassy Funds Education Conference for 120 Gambian Teachers

The United States Embassy in Banjul has funded the second edition of The Gambia Teacher’s Institute Education Conference, which took place on Saturday, May 13, at the Banjul American International School (BAIS) in Fajara. The conference, hosted in partnership with the United States Peace Corps, drew 120 teachers from various secondary schools across the country. ...
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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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Embassy Screens Blockbuster Movie Hidden Figures

United States Embassy Banjul’s Public Diplomacy section hosted the first-ever Gambian screening of the blockbuster Hollywood film, “Hidden Figures” at the Chief of Mission’s Residence in Banjul on May 4. The screening brought together science students from the University of The Gambia, U.S. exchange program alumni, with members of the diplomatic corps and the embassy ...
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Annual Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Announced

The United States Embassy in Banjul is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.  This one-year Fellowship program is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of ...
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U.S. Embassy Offers American Corner a Media Hub for 2017 Gambia Legislative Polls

Public Diplomacy Banjul on April 6 offered its American Corners as a Media Hub for coverage and reporting during The Gambia’s 2017 National Assembly Elections. About 20 local and international journalists exclusively used the space on Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. The initiative was part of efforts to promote freedom of the press, ...
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U.S. Embassy Banjul Funds Maiden National Assembly Election Debate

The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Banjul has funded the maiden National Assembly Election debate sessions for aspiring lawmakers ahead of Gambia’s April 6 legislative polls. The debates, which started on March 25th, wrapped up on Tuesday, April 4th at the conference hall of The Association of Non-Governmental Organization (TANGO) in ...
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State Dept. DRL Official, Gambian Media Discuss Opportunitues, Challenges

On March 22, a visiting official from the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL), Stephanie Ogorzalek, and Embassy Banjul’s Public Affairs Officer held a round-table with selected local journalists at the American Corner Banjul. The round-table highlighted the opportunities and challenges that exist for media practitioners under the new Gambian presidential ...
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U.S. Ambassador Opens Agric Biotech Conference

Kololi – March 15, 2017: The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup Wednesday opened a two-day agricultural biotechnology workshop in Kololi with a call for holistic approach to agricultural development. The workshop, organized by the Embassy, is sponsored by the Office of Agricultural Policy, in the Economic Bureau of the U.S. Department ...
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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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Ambassador Alsup Calls for Bold Action to Accelerate Gender Parity

Bijilo – March 08 2017: The United States Ambassador to The Gambia Wednesday called for prompt and bold action to accelerate gender parity. Speaking at a breakfast conference held to commemorate International Women’s Day, Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup observed that progress towards gender equality and empowerment has slowed in many places around the world. “No ...
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Embassy Stages first-ever Gambian Performance of Iconic Play “A Raisin in the Sun”

February 25, 2017: The United States Embassy recently staged the first-ever Gambian performance of Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic play, “A Raisin in the Sun” as part of the a three-day arts festival, commemorating 2017 Black History Month. The three free-admission performances were offered to students, the general public, and to Embassy Banjul guests at a gala ...
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Embassy Banjul Celebrates Black History Month with Arts Festival

February 25, 2017: The United States Embassy in Banjul recently hosted a three-day arts festival (February 23-25) in commemoration of the 2017 Black History Month. The highlight of the festival was a performance on Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic play, “A Raisin in the Sun.” The festival also featured a National Inter-school Arts Competition with a focus ...
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Gambians Congratulated for Democratic Change

The U.S. Africa Bureau Chief hailed The Gambian people for their perseverance and commitment to democratic change. Speaking during her recent visit to the country for the official inauguration of President Adama Barrow, she particularly applauded the collective peaceful efforts of Gambians during the political impasse between December 9, 2016 and January 21, 2017. “Through ...
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U.S. Africa Bureau Chief Meets New Gambian President

During her three-day official visit to The Gambia for the presidential inauguration, Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield held talks with President Adama Barrow. During the discussions, the top U.S. Africa diplomat congratulated President Barrow on The Gambia’s peaceful transition of power, and assured him that the United States Government will support the Gambian government’s efforts to ...
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U.S. Assist. Sec. Thomas-Greenfield Attends The Gambia’s Presidential Inauguration

The United States Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs attended the official inauguration of The Gambia’s new democratic leader, President Adama Barrow at Independence Stadium in Banjul. Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield attended the events as head of the U.S. Government’s delegation. She was accompanied by United States Government officials, including United States Ambassador ...
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Countdown to Embassy Banjul’s BHM Arts Festival

Nine days before Embassy Banjul’s sponsored Arts Festival takes place, the cast is busy on rehearsals at the Ebunjan Theatre, the host for the program. These photos were taken during one of the rehearsals on American playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” the main focus of this festival. Other activities lined ...
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American Corner Banjul Activates Speaker Series

American Corner Banjul on February 3 activated its monthly speaker series, featuring a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship alumnus, Alieu Jallow. The Speaker Series Program features inspirational and accomplished Gambians who share their successes and challenges through motivational conversations. Jallow, also the Startup Incubator Gambia Project Manager, engaged 62 aspiring entrepreneurs and university students.  He spoke ...
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Ambassador Alsup Interacts with Colleagues at Gambia’s New Leader Welcoming

January 21st, 2017, Banjul International Airport: Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup (Fourth from left) interacted with colleague diplomats while waiting to welcome home, The Gambia’s new democratically elected President, Mr. Adama Barrow. President Barrow returned after 11 days in Senegal where he was sworn-in at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar.
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Ambassador Alsup Joins Colleagues to Welcome Gambia’s New Leader

January 26th, 2017, Banjul International Airport: Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup (Sixth from left) joined members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps on the receiving line to welcome home The Gambia’s newly democratically elected President, Mr. Adama Barrow. President Barrow returned after 11 days in Senegal where he was sworn-in at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar.
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Ambassador Alsup Awards GAF Personnel for ‘Extraordinary Service’

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017: Ambassador Pat Alsup recently awarded a member of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) in recognition of his “extraordinary” service to the United States Ambassador and her convoy on January 26, 2017. Dino Sanneh was instrumental in helping the Ambassador’s convoy navigate through the huge crowds that thronged the streets to welcome ...
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Ambassador Alsup Welcomes Gambia’s New Democratic Leader

January 21st, 2017, Banjul International Airport: Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup welcomed home The Gambia’s newly democratically elected President, Mr. Adama Barrow. Ambassador Alsup congratulated President Barrow and looks forward to the strengthening of the longstanding bilateral ties between The Gambia and The United States. President Barrow returned after 11 days in Senegal where he was ...
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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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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 Interacts with Gambia’s Religious Leaders

Strengthening ties with Gambia’s religious communities; Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup visited the King Fahad Mosque in Banjul. The Ambassador was received on arrival by the Imam Ratib of Banjul, His Eminence, Alhaji Cherno Alieu Mass Kah, the Secretary General of Banjul Muslim Elders’ Committee, Alhaji Alieu Mboge, and other senior executive members. The Ambassador later ...
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U.S. Embassy Grants Over 3.6 Million Dalasi for Community Improvements, Refugee Support in The Gambia

On September 21, the U.S. Embassy held a signing ceremony granting over 3.6 million dalasis to 10 community groups throughout The Gambia.  The money was given as part of the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program.  This community-driven assistance program allows the U.S. Embassy to respond to local requests for small development projects.  These programs directly ...
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2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Applications in Progress

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders  is an unparalleled opportunity for you to be a part of a dynamic network with opportunities for continued leadership and career enhancement. Applications are open from September 21 to October 26. Learn more at goo.gl/LbNZh7   #YALI2017 WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION? A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or ...
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Check our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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