President Adama Barrow has ended a week-long visit to China signing seven agreement spanning across sectors he has deemed to be decisive to his administration’s success.
Barrow came to power finding the economy, security forces and civil service handicapped, giving him a monumental task to shake up and revamp the country’s broken institutions.
During the visit, bilateral cooperation in economy, trade, investment, technology, infrastructure construction and human resources development were signed.
According to an official source, President Barrow signed a $70 million infrastructure development agreement that will see the construction of new roads and bridges. The official declined to clarify if this agreement was a loan or a grant.
Barrow has also agreed to the setting up the Confucius Institute at the University of The Gambia. Confucius Institute is a non-profit public educational organization affiliated with China’s Ministry of Education.
The Institute promotes Chinese language and culture, support local Chinese teaching internationally, and facilitate cultural exchanges.
Since The Gambia resumed relations with China last year, Beijing has invested more than $300 million into the country. It is constructing a $50 million international conference center and a major highway at a tune of $150 million.