Currently on a visit to Saudi Arabia, President Adama Barrow met with the President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Bandar Hajjar, the Saudi Press reported.
During the tête-à-tête, the Gambian President briefed Dr. Bandar Hajjar on the profound impact of the coronavirus pandemic on all economic and social sectors in the Gambia, especially concerning the tourism sector.
Barrow then sought support from the IDB in facilitating the better implementation of his government’s ongoing main projects in The Gambia.
The meeting also discussed the ongoing development cooperation activities between the IDB and the government of The Gambia in various sectors.
President Adama Barrow expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to the Islamic Development Bank for its continuous support to his country, noting that the projects of the IDB are highly appreciated by the government and people of the Gambia.
For his part, Dr. Hajjar welcomed President Adama in the Kingdom, expressing hope that the Gambia will resume its economic activities and achieve growth after being hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
He also said that the bank would continue to support The Gambia to achieve the aspirations of its people.
The IDB has approved projects worth $1 billion for the Gambia, covering all development sectors, especially agriculture, infrastructure, health, and education. In comparison, the cost of the bank’s ongoing projects in the African country is estimated to be $151.4 million.z