The first Cabinet meeting of President Adama Barrow’s government was convened on Thursday, 13th April 2017, at the state house. In his opening remarks, President Barrow noted that expectations are high and they have to urgently embark on a transformative national development agenda in line with the Coalition manifesto. He highlighted the huge task ahead and the need to be action oriented.
He set out the priority areas to include the energy sector, fixing the broken economy, unifying the nation, improving the health and agricultural sub-sectors and ending the country’s isolation. He further highlighted the urgency for institutional, electoral and constitutional reforms in line with what he described as “our new democratic principles that will respond to the realities of our time.” The President pointed out that all these will be addressed alongside with the Civil Service and Security as well as state-owned enterprise reforms.
President Barrow urged Cabinet to be resolute in their determination to build a better Gambia. He recognized that with the wealth of experience and competence in the cabinet, rapid transformation can take place to bring back the former glory of the nation. He said he was optimistic that the Cabinet will work together to formulate the right policies and programs to address short-term needs but also to control poverty, hunger, and disease, which he described as “the enemies of humankind.”