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27.01.2022

Milestone for advisory centre in The Gambia

In the leadup to the upcoming official opening of the Gambian-German Advisory Centre for Jobs, Training and Reintegration (GGAC) in The Gambia, an implementation agreement was signed in the capital Banjul.

Ein schwarzer Mann im dunkelblauen Anzug mit Hemd und dunkelblauer Krawatte und eine weiße Frau mit blonden Haaren, blauen Augen und Brille in braunem Hemd sitzen auf gepolsterten Stühlen vor einer hellen Wand. Sie tragen medizinische Gesichtsmasken und lächeln in die Kamera.
Going new paths together: H.E. Minister of Trade Seedy Keita (MOTIE) and Country Director Ulrike Ebeling (GIZ) at the signing of the implementation agreement for the Gambian-German Advisory Centre for Jobs, Training and Reintegration (GGAC).

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment (MOTIE) signed the Implementation Agreement for the Gambian-German Advisory Centre for Jobs, Training and Reintegration (GGAC) mid-January. This constitutes an important step on the way to the official opening of the centre, which is to take place in spring 2022. Those interested in its services can already contact the advisory centre via e-mail or phone.

The advisory centre and its partners offer a variety of services to people wanting to return to The Gambia from Germany, as well as to the local population. Services include return counselling, post-return assistance and various types of training and further education. The advisory centre also provides help finding a job or setting up a business, as well as in-kind support.

Ein schwarzer Mann in braunem Hemd und eine weiße Frau mit blonden Haaren, blauen Augen und Brille sitzen auf gepolsterten Stühlen vor einer hellen Wand. Sie tragen medizinische Gesichtsmasken und unterschreiben je ein Dokument.
Deputy Permanent Secretary Mr. Hassan Gaye (MOTIE) and Country Director Ulrike Ebeling (GIZ) sign the implementation agreement, an important step towards the opening of the advisory centre in Banjul.

At the signing of the agreement, H.E. Mr. Seedy Keita, Minister of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment, expressed appreciation for the cooperation with the GIZ. He reiterated that the government of The Gambia and he himself are committed to the successful implementation of the programme. On the part of the GIZ, Country Director Ulrike Ebeling said she was honoured to cooperate with and support the government of The Gambia in its effort to create and strengthen social and economic reintegration opportunities for returnees and their communities.

The advisory centre is operated by GIZ and is part of the "Returning to New Opportunities" programme of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).