About This Conference
The theme of the conference this year is “COVID-19 Pandemic - Economic, Health, and Education Impacts and Recovery”. The world has been impacted by the pandemic to which The Gambia is no exception. The Gambia registered its first case of the COVID-19 on 17th March 2020. In response to the outbreak, the Gambia government enacted several containment measures. In agreement with its neighbor, Senegal, The Gambian border was closed on March 23rd 2020. Furthermore, on March 28th, 2020, the government declared a State of Public Emergency, As such ordering the closure of schools and universities, places of worship and non-essential businesses, restricting public gatherings to not more than 10 people, and limiting passengers on public transportation. These measures forced people to stay at home and led to income losses for families and businesses thereby affecting their economic situations. The measures also affected the education sector; the closure of schools reduced contact hours and virtual classes became popular. It even affected the transition of students between education levels. The health impact is also enormous; over 200 Gambians have so far lost their lives and lot of investment is undertaken to strengthen the Gambia's health care system. The vaccination drive that started slowly has recently picked momentum. With key sectors like services, and agriculture likely to pick-up fast, the hope for strong recovery is abound. Therefore, this conference aims at bringing together different stakeholders to discuss these issues with the view of putting together lessons learn and the way forward for the country and beyond.
- The objective of the conference is to bring together academics, researchers, and experts from the government, NGOs, and private sector to discuss pertinent issues related to the Gambia COVID-19 experience, impacts and recovery.
- There will be presentations from researchers from the academic and non-academic community.
- The conference will be a hybrid type event with an in person and online attendance (ZOOM).
- It will provide researchers the opportunity to share their work not only with their colleagues, but also with policy makers and the public. Papers on all fields of study will be welcomed.
The program will compose of 3 keynote lectures, one for each of the three selected themes of the conference. Furthermore, there will be 5 different parallel sessions and each session will last for 1 hour and 30 minutes, there will be 4 speakers each with 15 minutes to present and 5 minutes to discuss. Overall, we estimate a total of 60 speakers participating in the parallel sessions, 3 keynote speakers, and 8 panelists. Furthermore, students will be invited to present posters of their thesis or course projects. Overall attendance is targeted at 250 participants with 200 joining in person and 50 joining online.
Hon. Seedy Keita
Minister of Trade Regional Integration And Employment.
Prof. Jainaba Kah
Director General, Department of Strategic Policy And Delivery, Office Of The President.
Dr. Mustapha Bittaye
Director of Health Services, Ministry of Health.
|1||Registration||08:00 - 08:45|
|2||Opening Remarks and Welcoming Session||08:45 - 09:00|
|3||Keynote Lecture 1: "COVID-19 Pandemic, Health Impacts and Recovery - The Gambian Case"||09:00 - 10:30|
|4||Tea/Coffee Break||10:30 - 11:00|
|5||Parallel Session 1||11:00 - 12:00|
|6||Parallel Session 2||12:00 - 13:30|
|7||Lunch/Prayers Break||13:30 - 14:30|
|8||Keynote Lecture 2: “COVID-19 Pandemic, Economic Impacts and Recovery – The Gambian Case”||14:30 - 15:30|
|9||Parallel Session 3||15:30 - 17:00|
|1||Parallel Session 4||09:00 - 10:30|
|2||Tea/Coffee Break||10:30 - 11:00|
|3||Keynote Lecture 3: “COVID-19 Pandemic, Educational Impacts and Recovery – The Gambian Case”||11:00 - 12:00|
|4||Parallel Session 5||12:00 - 13:30|
|5||Lunch/Prayers Break||13:30 - 14:30|
|6||Panel Discussion 1: “COVID-19 Pandemic, Economics, Health, and Education Impacts and Recovery”||14:30 - 16:00|
|7||Closing Ceremony||16:00 - 16:30|
Call for Papers
Open 1st August 2021
Deadline for Submission
15 September 2021
Notification of Acceptance
30th September 2021
Deadline for Registration
10th October 2021
Prof. R. Njie
Dr. Thomas Senghore
Dr. Sheikh Omar Bittaye
Dr. Modou Jobe
Dr. Gibril Badjie
Ms. Fatou Badjie
Dr. Hamidou Jawara
Dr. Sering Touray
Prof. Ajufo Beatrice Ifeoma
Dr. Sa’ad Muhammed Tajuddeen
Dr. Babou Joof
Mr. Abdoulie F.R. Jadama
Dr. Tijan L. Bah, SBPA
Mr. Ousainou Huma, SBPA
Assoc. Prof. Momodou Mustapha Fanneh, SBPA
Mr. Mbackeh Camara, International Relation
Dr. Jainaba Sey Sawo, SMASH
Mrs. Matida Komma, UTGDRC
Assoc. Prof. Lugman Saka, SAS
Dr. Muhammed Lamin Sanyang, UTGDRC
Dr. Paul Bass, UTGDRC
Dr. Hamidou Jawara, UTGDRC
Mr. Abdoulie F.R. Jadama, Education
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