By Buba Gagigo
The Mayor of Banjul is attending the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) and Summit for Democracy (S4D) underway in the United States of America.
This came in the wake of her selection by the US embassy in Banjul, as one of several participants to take part in this important International program, organized by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) in partnership with USAID and the National Security Council’s Democracy Directorate.
The event brought together 25 Mayors and Municipal leaders from selected countries around the world to engage in strengthening democracy, advancing respect for human rights, and fighting global corruption.
The Mayor of Banjul Rohey Malick Lowe Lowe said the programme would add value to the work that the Banjul City Council has been doing under her leadership.
Participants will during the programme visit communities across the United States to develop professional relationships with local government officials, technical specialists, organizations, and programs in the US to share ideas, tools, and practices to advance democracy and help us achieve our proposed reforms when we return home.
It will also provide an avenue for participants to also build closer ties with one another to strengthen efforts toward global democratic renewal.
The idea for the summit is to build on the December 2021 Summit for Democracy, a forum for government, civil societies, and business leaders to set forth a bold agenda for responding to the challenges facing democracies today.
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