Strategic meeting between Gambia & Bangladesh
South South and Triangular Cooperation plays a vital role in knowledge transferring, policy and intergovernmental support, and capacity building around the countries in the global south. The South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) Team, a2i, Bangladesh has initiated discussions to replicate the best practices of the a2i programme, Bangladesh in Gambia. In recent years, The Gambia has experienced significant growth in ICT and aims to draw inspiration from the success of Digital Bangladesh. In light of this, 3 good practices of a2i, such as Service Process Simplification (SPS), Civil Service Reform, and Digital Service Design Lab (DSDL) have been demonstrated to respected officials of the Ministry of Public Service, Administrative Reform, Policy Coordination and Delivery, Republic of The Gambia. The Ministry of Public Service, Administrative Reform, Policy Coordination and Delivery, Republic of The Gambia, and a2i programme, Government of Bangladesh have conducted a strategic meeting on May 17, 2023. Henceforward, further knowledge-sharing sessions will be conducted, the actual replication of best practices, and collaboration and partnership between Bangladesh and Gambia will be strengthened.
H. E. Mr. Baboucarr Bouy, Honorable Minister of Public Service, Administrative Reforms, Policy Coordination and Delivery, Republic of The Gambia expressed keen interest in collaborating with Bangladesh for strengthening the bilateral relationship. The opening remarks were done by Mr. Sheriff Jallow, Director, Civil Service Reform, Ministry of Public Service, Administrative Reform, Policy Coordination and Delivery, Republic of The Gambia. They highlighted the benefits of these initiatives for Gambia. Mr. Dr. Dewan Muhammad Humayun Kabir, Additional Secretary, (Project Director), a2i programme, Government of Bangladesh delivered the opening and welcome remarks, highlighting how both countries can work closely in the coming days to leverage Bangladesh’s experience in digitization. Mr. Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor, a2i Programme, Government of Bangladesh, briefly highlighted the Digital Transformation of Bangladesh accelerated by a2i over the past decade.
The strategic meeting ended with commitments from both countries to work together for the efficient delivery of public services to their citizens.