The Global Inspirational Leadership Award was presented at the International Forum on African-Caribbean Leadership 2023in recognition of The Gambia’s President Adama Barrow and his significant impact on shaping the economy of the country.
President Adama Barrow has achieved notable feats during his tenure. He led the country to first and third positions in Africa and globally in the 2023 Hajj performance, a significant recognition in the Muslim world. After defeating Yahya Jammeh, he revitalised the economy, achieving over 6.1% growth and reducing interest rates.
Barrow’s commitment to youth development is evident through scholarships, youth enterprise funds, and infrastructure for sports. His government promoted free speech and media freedom, fostering transparency and accountability. Additionally, he initiated key commissions and reforms for justice and governance.
President Barrow’s international engagement strengthened relations with the EU, Arab world, Africa, and ECOWAS, culminating in The Gambia’s presidency of ECOWAS from 2022 to 2026. His administration’s substantial investment in infrastructure, particularly in education, is transforming the nation. With over 3,000 new classrooms and 50 schools built annually, Barrow is creating a brighter future for Gambian youth.
The major highlight of the International Forum on African Caribbean Leadership in New York 2023 was the presentation of the 9th Caribbean and African Leadership Awards to deserving dignitaries. Select delegates were invited to the New York Hilton Midtown, United States, for the event.
President Barrow was among the distinguished business leaders in attendance. Including other renowned African and Caribbean diplomats and policymakers. The likes of H.E. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe; H.E. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of the Republic of Guyana; H.E. Sen. Uba Sani, Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria; H.E. Prof. Babagana Zulun, Governor of Borno State; and H.E. Abraao Vicente, Minister for Sea, Culture, and Creative Industries, Cabo Verde
Other guests at the event include Olukayode A. Pitan, CEO, Bank of Industry, Nigeria; Benedito Paulo Manuel, Director General, Sociedade Mineira De Catoca Lda, Angola; Dr.Anselmo Monteiro, President of the Board of Directors, National Institute of Social Security, Angola; Edson R. Dos Santos, CEO, Etu Energias Angola; Mary Mumba, CEO, Zambia Credit Guarantee Scheme Limited; and Christine Mwakatobe, Managing Director, Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company, Tanzania.
The focus of the event was to explore the challenges and progress of the African people, strengthen trans-regional cooperation between Africa and the Caribbean nations, and build strategic partnerships and bilateral cooperation. As well as increase engagements in trade and investments, innovation and technology transfer, culture and tourism, and other sectors.
The International Forum on African Caribbean Leadership featured high-level panel discussions, keynote addresses, and interactive sessions. These sessions covered crucial topics such as business partnerships, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainable development, infrastructure, technology, and governance.
The esteemed speakers and attendees shared their valuable insights, experiences, and success stories. Further inspiring fellow participants to seek new strategies and partnerships for advancing Africa’s prosperity.