At the invitation of President Ma Ying-jeou of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the President, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh is leading a high-level delegation, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and four other Ministers, on a state visit to Taipei from June 26-30, 2012. President Jammeh will be welcomed with full military salute at the National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall on June 26.
During his stay, President Jammeh will meet with President Ma Ying-jeou to exchange views on international affairs and other issues of mutual concern. In addition, President Jammeh and his delegation will be hosted to a state banquet and a dinner, respectively, by President Ma and Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy C. T. Yang
President Jammeh will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from National Taipei University of Technology and attend the joint graduation ceremony for the five colleges of the ROC armed forces in Kaohsiung. He will also visit the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training, the Kaohsiung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station and the exhibition Foodtech & Pharmatech Taipei. To help businessmen and enterprises in Taiwan better understand the investment environment in The Gambia, President Jammeh will also host the seminar Trade and Investment Opportunities in The Gambia on June 27 at the Taiwan Sheraton Hotel.
The Gambia is an important West Africa ally of Taiwan that has, over the years, spared no effort to support Taiwan's participation in the United Nations, including the World Health Organization and other UN-related agencies. President Jammeh last visited Taiwan in April 2009, with this trip marking his ninth visit, demonstrating that the close partnership and brotherly bonds between the two countries remain strong.