President Adama Barrow has laid the foundation stone of a Chinese sponsored modern International Conference Centre (ICC) in Bijilo, West Coast Region estimated to cost US$50 Million dollar.
The ICC is the first of its kind will provide seating capacity of about 1000 conference participants. The Centre will house 4 thematic conference halls with 200 seating capacity, 1 VIP holding room, 4 Press rooms, 14 meeting rooms, offices, banquet halls and other supporting rooms. It is expected to boost tourism in the the Gambia.
“This event marks another significant milestone in our collective drive to transform and modernize this great nation in line with the philosophy and dictates of the New Gambia,” said the President Barrow in his address witnessed by hundreds of Gambians. He then added: “The construction of the ICC comes at the right time, to showcase the new Gambia, as a viable and peaceful destination, and as a place of democracy, good governance, rule of law, and freedom of speech.”
The construction of the conference centre will be completed before the hosting by Gambia of the 2019 organisation of Islamic Conference summit.