Gambia: Vice President Touray says Barrow is committed to security sector reform
Vice President Dr Isatou Touray reaffirmed President Adama Barrow’s commitment to Security Sector Reform (SSR), claiming for the first time that the country has a National Security Strategy (NSS) and a Security Sector Reform Strategy (SSRS).
“These are all efforts to show that President Barrow’s government is committed to Security Sector Reform (SSR).”
VP Touray spoke recently at the launch of an immigration project. The project aims to strengthen the efficiency and accountability of The Gambia Immigration Department (GID). The launch ceremony took place at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Center. The project was funded by the Swiss government and implemented by the Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance (DCAF).
Vice President Touray said: “In the aftermath of the December 2016 presidential election in The Gambia and the assumption of the presidency of Adama Barrow, there was a clear need for a new national security policy focused on people to address The Gambia’s glaring security deficit.
“There was a growing expectation of the population for a streamlined, coherent, participatory, civilian controlled and transparent national security policy for ‘New Gambia’ based on human security and this became a reality under the government of Barrow. “
For the first time in the history of The Gambia since independence in 1965, she said, there is an NSP which defines the roles, responsibilities and key mandates of security institutions, bodies, agencies and personnel. vital to reconfigure the security sector. to respond to the evolving needs, challenges, risks and opportunities of the national state and human security over the next decade of the twenty-first century.
“The Gambia’s new NSP will be subject to periodic reviews and evaluations to reflect changing national, regional and global dynamics. Principles of Security Sector Reform (SSR) in the pursuit of human and national security. “
“There has been enormous progress or success recorded in SSR, among which the revision of the SIS law, the GPF law, the GAF law and very soon the GID law and all this is possible thanks to the support of the DCAF. “
Retired Colonel Momodou Badjie said DCAF has been present and has supported the country since the country’s security sector reforms began in 2017.
DECAF, Badjie added, has successfully implemented a project to support the Gambian government in its efforts to initiate a highly inclusive security sector reform process with a view to strengthening civilian management in overseeing the process. security sector reform.
Seedy Touray, Director General of The Gambia Immigration Department (GID), said: “This important program is a breakthrough between DECAF and GID. We are gathered here today to witness the DECAF project to support GID on key elements including political regulations, internal oversight and leadership and management development, ”he said, adding that his department was fully committed to this program.
He argued that the GID is in compliance with the SSR process and the implementation of the country’s national development plans. “We have developed and aligned our ten-goal reform agenda in our five-year strategic plan 2019 to 2024, which again encompasses the key areas identified by DECAF. “
For his part, Vincenzo Mascioli, Director of International Affairs, State Secretariat for Migration, Switzerland, said: “Three principles are essential to our functioning: trust, reliability and a spirit of partnership. What do we mean by partnership? That doesn’t mean we’re not here to quickly resolve your issues and then get going, no. For us, partnership means that we see our cooperation from a long-term perspective.
“It is in this sense that Switzerland could perhaps support the Gambian path of a young democracy by supporting you in the construction and development of your instructions. This is why Switzerland is here today to launch this important project implemented by DCAF, “he said. , adding that the youth perspective is the key to any development.
“We are about to launch another important project where young Gambians in the tourism sector will have the opportunity to be trained in a high quality institution in Nairobi. In addition, we are about to start another reintegration project.