There will be a flag-raising ceremony, at the gardens of Marlborough House, the London headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat, today to mark the return of the Gambia to the commonwealth.
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Several dignitaries and stakeholders are expected to welcome the Gambia who have left the commonwealth in five years.
Gambia Is Part Of Commonwealth Again
Reports reveal that, “the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, Chair, Executive Committee of the Board of Governors, Norman Hamilton, members of the Committee, and The Gambian High Commissioner-to be, Francis Blain, would be in attendance.”
Recall that in 2016, President Adama Borrow started the process for the recall of the nation to the Commonwealth and in 2017 there was a unanimous decision by the parliament to rejoin the Commonwealth.
According to Scotland, “We’ve looked forward to The Gambia’s return and were delighted when, after his election victory last year, President Barrow pledged to return.”
Blain, the intended High Commissioner also expressed joy, “I am thrilled to represent my country as it formally rejoins the Commonwealth after an absence of several years – and to become High Commissioner rather than Ambassador.”
“The Gambia looks forward to being able both to contribute to and benefit from the collective wisdom of the Commonwealth family of countries.”
“And to playing an active role in supporting the work of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the many other organisations and initiatives that flourish as expressions of Commonwealth connection.”
“The Government and people of The Gambia will also draw on all that the Commonwealth collectively has to offer, assisting in practical ways to address a wide range of pressing issues.”
“These include protecting the environment and tackling climate change, and the empowerment of women and young people,” Blain said.
There are now 53 members of The Commonwealth, representing more than 2.4 billion people.