brussels - At an international conference on Gambia in Brussels donors promised Tuesday 1.45 billion euros. Political and financial support must strengthen democracy in the West African country, stimulate economic growth and increase respect for human rights and the rule of law.
After the departure of dictatorial president Yahya Jammeh, the new government found a virtually empty state treasury last year. The new president, Adama Barrow, was present in Brussels at the conference organized by the European Union and the Gambia.
The EU increased its support by 140 million euros, bringing the total for the period 2017-2020 to 365 million. 'If the new authorities commit to profound reforms and walk the path of democracy and development, then the international community must respond to that call', says EU Commissioner Neven Mimica (International Cooperation).
Foreign chef Federica Mogherini also praised the developments in Gambia. A meeting for business will follow on Wednesday.
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