Twelve Gambian students won incredible scholarships to go and study in China as part of the 2016 Chinese Government Scholarship. The twelve beneficiary students are the first batch of the Chinese Government Scholarships for Gambian students, since the renewal of diplomatic ties between the two countries in March this year.
The Chinese Embassy in Banjul held them a farewell reception last week to see the students off. The event saw senior government officials, students and their parents. Mr Zhnag Jiming, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Gambia stressed that education should be a key area of focus to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two. He expressed optimism for this are of development since the implementation of China-Africa Cultural and People-to-People Plan devised by President Xi Jinping at the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in December last year.
During Jiming’s speech he said “This is an occasion for celebration, wonderful July 22nd anniversary celebrations and the laudable progress achieved in the past decades on so many fronts with education as one of the many outstanding areas of development registered.” He added that although China and Africa are far away from each other, they are “connected at the heart and soul.”
Jiming also added that, “China and The Gambia are old friends with renewed friendship,” pointing out that the decision to normalise relations by the leaders of the two countries serves the fundamental and long-term interests of the two countries and people.
He stated that both China and The Gambia attach great importance to the relationship.
Jiming concluded his speech by stating, “China is huge in size and population, rich in history and culture, diverse in ethnicity and religion, unique in language and tradition. It boasts an unbroken history of more than 5,000 years of civilization, and a strong bond among its over 1.3 billion Chinese people of 56 ethnic groups. I hope you all will be good ambassadors of your country, and help promote the mutual understanding and friendship between our two brotherly people and countries.”