By Edrissa Jallow
The newly elected Chairperson of the West African Caucus of the Pan African Parliament (PAP), Hon Alhagie Mbow has promised to promote unity and good governance within the region. Hon Mbowe is currently serving his second mandate as a Parliamentarian for Upper Saloum in the Gambia’s National Assembly.
Hon Alhagie Mbow was elected as the Chairperson of the West African caucus on Thursday 30th June 2022. A GPN reporter questioned Chairperson Mbow on his plans and how they could benefit the Gambia.
In response, Hon Mbow says he will “have discussions on current issues affecting the region in terms of inflation, immigration, and climate change to name a few with a view of addressing them effectively in collaboration with other stakeholders”.
“As the chairperson of the Western Africa caucus, I intend to promote the spirit of togetherness and reaching out to each other in the promotion of good governance across our region. Part of doing that is to collaborate with our colleagues at the ECOWAS parliament where we can work together on a common agenda for the promotion of very reasons these parliaments were set up” said PAP Chairperson Hon Mbow.
He expressed his gratitude for being elected by his peers which he called a great privilege and honour and thanked the Gambian embassies in South Africa and Ethiopia, the President, the speaker and the Clerk of the Gambia’s National Assembly “for the tremendous and unflinching support”.
Reacting to his appointment, Hon Mbowe highlights that it was a moment of joy however, he is reminded of “the need to get ready to tighten up and work for Mama Africa”.