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Binta Jammeh Sidibe, New LOC Chair

The OICGambia Secretariat Board of Governors on February 1st, 2020, appointed Mrs. Binta Jammeh Sidibe as the Chairperson of the National Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 16th Heads of State and Government Summit of the OIC to be held in The Gambia in 2022. The Chief Executive Officer of the Secretariat, Mr. Yankuba Dibba said the new LOC Chair brings a wealth of relevant experience to the job.

‘‘We are hopeful that her coming will add great value and vigour to the ongoing project implementation works. I do not think we could have had a better candidate’’, CEO Dibba remarked.

She Jammeh Sidibe described her appointment as a call to national duty and avails her yet another opportunity to contribute her quota to national development.

“For the OIC Gambia Secretariat, I would like to see us be successful in this big assignment, which is the hosting of the summit in 2022. I will bring my committees together immediately to work hard and achieve our objective of having a summit second to none,’’ she said.

Mrs. Binta Jammeh Sidibe is widely recognized as a strong advocate for women’s empowerment in the country. She is the Executive Director of the Association for Promoting Girls and Women’s Advancement in The Gambia (APGWA). Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Women’s Bureau. She is the current representative of The Gambia on the Turkey-based O.I.C. Women’s Consultative and Advisory Council. She also doubles as the Chairperson of the Gender Policy Committee of the O.I.C. General Secretariat, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Mrs. Jammeh-Sidibeh is the recipient of several national and international awards including the Insignia of Member of the Republic of The Gambia (M.R.G.) conferred on her by the President of the Republic of The Gambia, and special recognition awards by the United Nations and Amnesty International, Germany.

In her new role, the Chair of the L.O.C. will oversee and coordinate the works of the various sub-committees responsible for the implementation of the various projects ahead of the Summit.

The objective of the L.O.C is to provide support and coordination to the Secretariat in its preparatory efforts to host the summit.