June 15, 2024

“Our membership in IRE will open numerous doors for development projects in Banjul” — Mayor Lowe

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In a significant stride for international cooperation and gender equality, Mayor Malick Lowe of Banjul has announced the city’s new membership in The Institute of the Regions of Europe (IRE).

This landmark development, revealed during the 4GameChanger Festival 2024, marks Banjul as the first African city to join the prestigious organization, which will facilitate an influx of development projects.


At the 4GameChanger Festival, Mayor Lowe was invited to propose the future of Europe-Africa relations with a focus on gender equality.

In her discussions, Mayor Lowe emphasized the empowerment of women and youth in agriculture, a sector critical to the socio-economic development of many African communities. Her proposals received robust support from several influential organizations willing to partner and provide financial backing.

“I am thrilled to see significant organizations align with our vision for gender equality and youth empowerment in agriculture,” said Mayor Lowe. “Their support will be instrumental in driving our initiatives forward.”

The mayor also expressed her gratitude to the IRE President and management for their warm reception and belief in Banjul’s potential, despite the city’s current challenges. The IRE has waived Banjul’s membership contribution, recognizing the council’s ongoing efforts to overcome these obstacles.

“Our membership in the Institute of the Regions of Europe will open numerous doors for development projects in Banjul,” Mayor Lowe stated. “This is a pivotal moment for our city, and I look forward to the opportunities this partnership will bring.”

The new alliance with IRE is expected to bolster Banjul’s development trajectory, providing a platform for international collaboration and resource sharing, which could significantly benefit the city’s infrastructure and socio-economic programs.

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