Vice President Jallow Opens 3rd Permanent Secretaries Retreat

In a momentous gathering at the SDKJ International Conference Centre, the Vice President of The Gambia, Mohammed BS Jallow inaugurated the 3rd Permanent Secretaries Retreat, a crucial event from December 18th to 20th, 2023. The retreat, attended by distinguished figures including the Honourable Minister of Public Service, Chief of Staff, Permanent Secretaries, Senior Government Officials and members of the media, was chaired by Mr Alieu Njie, the Secretary to the Cabinet.

During the opening address, VP Jallow underscored the retreat's significance as a capstone to 2023 and a pivotal stride toward The Gambia's future. He eloquently traced the transformative journey of the country's Public Service since 2016, citing the establishment of the Ministry of Public Services as a key milestone.

In a call to action, VP Jallow urged participants to draw lessons from both successes and challenges of past retreats, emphasizing the seamless transition into the Refocused National Development Plan. Establishing key performance indicators, outlining the year ahead, and updating sector strategic plans were highlighted as critical steps for efficient execution.

I urge you to consider how to strengthen your oversight roles in project implementation within your Ministries and beyond. I task this retreat with supporting the Department of Strategic Policy and Delivery under the Ministry of Public Service in establishing a robust feedback mechanism for President Barrow's flagship projects, said VP Jallow.


Pointing to tangible progress like the Bertil Harding OIC Road and modern health facilities, VP Jallow urged participants to replicate success stories nationwide. As he extended Christmas and New Year's greetings on behalf of President Adama Barrow, he expressed wishes for renewed hope and determination.

The Hon. Minister of Public Service Baboucarr Bouy echoed VP Jallow's sentiments, emphasizing the retreat's focus on navigating the Refocused National Development Plan for progress. Calling for transparency and data-driven decision-making, the Minister rallied for collective efforts to make 2024 a year of delivery, even in the face of resource constraints.