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Published On: Thu, Feb 8th, 2024

NPC Meets with CSO’s and Institutions to Prepare for National Dialogue 2024

The National Preparatory Committee (NPC) held a media briefing at the State House yesterday, on February 7th, 2024. They gathered with Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and representatives from various institutions. Together, they’re gearing up for the National Dialogue scheduled for February 16th, 2024.

The theme for the National Dialogue is “Our Collective Responsibility in Preserving Our Nation, Safeguarding the State, and Securing Our Resources”.

Amie Bojang Sissoho, during the briefing, shared that the purpose was to inform the public about the upcoming national dialogue in 2024 and that President Adama Barrow has approved this public forum to engage the people in discussions that promote democracy, peace, and stability.

She said that this year 2024, his His Excellency Adama Barrow took a decision that a national committee should be install and task the committee to organize a National Dialogue forum, which will consists of both individuals, institutions and across the board to share with what have been task for them to engage on during the meeting. 

That’s great to hear! Amie Bojang Sissoho emphasized that the committee was inaugurated on January 30th and has been working diligently since then.

Amie Bojang Sissoho shared that President Adama Barrow has approved a proposal from the committee for a political dialogue with party leaders. This discussion is scheduled for February 12th at the state house, and the President himself will be there to host the leaders and other stakeholders.

John Charles Njie explained that there will be six thematic groups, each headed by different organizations and individuals. One of the groups, led by Tango, will focus on the political environment for sustainable peace and stability. They will come together on February 14th to discuss this important theme.

John Charles Njie mentioned that the thematic groups cover a wide range of important topics, including religious tolerance, ethnic diversity, securing sovereignty, media safeguarding, and irregular migration. 

He further said that the Religious tolerance supersocial coerhesion will also be co-chaired by the Supreme Islamic Council and the Gambia Christian Council, the ethic diversity for National Unity, in which the National Council for Civic Education will be leading and facilitating their discussions and Securing sovereignty, safeguarding stability and well-being, which will be headed by Doctor Barry.

In a similar thing, the media safeguarding the democratic space, will be facilitated by the Gambia Press Union (GPU), and Irregular Migration and empowerment, the National Youth Council (NYC) will be chairing and dictating the discussion.

He said he believes that this forum is one of the most exclusive Dialogue in the country moving from the planing to the preparations stage and to the execution stage, adding that he assures no stone is left unturned and he is passionate about this initiative because he said many people have call on this to come together as a nation and deal with the issues in the country, and that on th 16th of February they are expecting to have over 500 people present at the meeting.

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