By Neneh Galleh Barry
The Minister of Interior Hon. Ebrima Mballow said the government of the Gambia commends the African Union vision for silencing guns by 2020.
This is one of the flagships of Agenda 2063, the vision of creating an integrated, peaceful and prosperous Africa.
The three days high level African Union consultative dialogue on rule of law and security reform was held at Mansea hotel in Kotu.
The theme of the conference is enhancing the integration of rule of law, security sector reform, transitional justice and governance into stabilization efforts; Lesson for silencing the Guns by 2020.
According to the Minister, the AU technical support to the Gambia is in line with the ongoing efforts of the Gambia government to re-establish strong and viable institutions in these areas. The support is provided by ECOWAS, EU, UN, World Bank, IMF and other bilateral actors.
He said this consultative dialogue comes at a critical time when the government is striving to respond to public demand and expectations for democratic, inclusive and accountable security sectors, rule of law, human rights and governance institutions.
In his speech Dr. Alhaji Sarjor Bah head of crisis management and post conflict reconstruction development division (CMPCRD) of the African union commission said the realization of the promise of never again ; which people often hear at the end of violent conflict and difficult transitions can only be attained through dedication, hard work and a commitment.
He said stakeholders should ensure that the right institutions are established and empowered, adding that it is equally critical to have the appropriate legal frameworks, human resource and financial resources to be able to lay the right foundations.
According to him the AU, recognizing the complexities of reconstructing and transforming societies, has provided a blueprint for post conflict reconstruction and development.
H.E Amb Vabah Gayflor ECOWAS special representative to the Gambia said since ECOWAS formation in 1975 it has continued to build bridge across the sub region. The organization has constantly endeavored to develop innovative means through constructive engagement amongst and within member states and other relevant actors towards achieving a just and equitable society.
As a sub-regional body ECOWAS has the responsibility to intervene in alleviating the suffering of her citizens and restore life to normalcy in the event of crisis, conflict and disaster she noted.