China’s government has given USD $210,000 (GMD D8.4 million) to a foundation belonging to the first lady of the West African nation of The Gambia, its ambassador to country Zhang Jiming told reporters.
The government of the East Asian nation said the financial aid is meant for the expansion project of the Pediatric and Maternity ward of the Serekunda General Hospital.
“We are very honored and humble to have this opportunity to present to Her Excellency the First Lady and Chairperson of the Operation Save the Children Foundation this donation to the expansion project of the Pediatric and Maternity ward of the Serekunda General Hospital,” said Ambassador Jiming.
Serrekunda Hospital is said to be in urgent need for improvements and China’s government said there was a need to step in.
China hopes that the donation will further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries that resumed diplomatic exchanges some six months ago after a two decade break in which The Gambia conducted a checkbook diplomacy with Taiwan.
Chinese companies have surveyed The Gambia for a deep-water seaport and at least 12 Gambians have been awarded scholarships to study there. The Gambia is hoping to re-establish shipping lines with China and has sort China’s help is financing projects to curb the illegal migration of youths to Europe.
First Lady Zineb Jammeh thanked China for their support and presented Ambassador Jiming a goodwill certificate and trophy.