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 governance, and human rights in The Gambia’s new political environment.


The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup, and the Speaker of the National Assembly of The Gambia, Hon. Mariam Jack Denton, attended the opening ceremonies. 

Ambassador Alsup told legislators, “As the first truly representative National Assembly in at least 22 years, you occupy a critical position at this juncture in The Gambia’s history.  Working together in the best interests of The Gambian people, you have a chance to redraw the National Assembly’s image and change its story.  The citizens will be watching closely to see what kinds of laws and motions are presented, debated, and approved on their behalf.  They will not tolerate any hint that vestiges of the former regime remain”.