of State for Foreign Affairs
NAME: Bala Garba-Jahumpa,
B.A., Diploma in Diplomacy, Diploma in Development Administration,
PLACE OF BIRTH: Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa
DATE OF BIRTH: 20th July 1958
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English, French
|| - St. Augustine's High School
GCE Ordinary level Certificate
|1973 - 75
||- Armitage High School – (Gambia)
- Suffield Academy, USA
Two Year College - Preparatory Certificate
|1977 - 80
||- Vassar College, U.S.A.
Bachelor Degree in International Relations and Political Science
|1983 – July 1983
||- Foreign Service Training Course,
|1986 – October 1996
||- Management Development Institute, Gambia Certificate in Local
|1987 – 88
|| - University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diploma in Development Administration
|1987 – 88
- University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Certificate in Communication Skills
||- University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Master's Degree in Development Administration
- Appointed as Administrator
– Ministry of Agriculture (Gambia). Acted
as one of the main sources of Advice to the Permanent Secretary
on Administrative matters. Contributed to the overall Development
and Management of the Ministry. Also responsible for routine administrative
matters of the Ministry. Assisted in the Organisation of CILLS Conferences
and meetings held in The Gambia.
||- Transferred to the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs (Gambia).
Responsible for speech writing for the Honourable Minister, Permanent
Secretary and other Senior Officers. Occasionally prepared country
briefs for His Excellency The President on his visit to other countries.
Involved in organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops. also
acted as a Protocol Officer on various occasions plus other duties
assigned by the Permanent Secretary.
|1984 – 85
||- Transferred to The Gambia Embassy in
Washington, D.C. U.S.A. Responsible for speech writing for the Ambassador.
Handled routine administrative matters between the Embassy and the
|1986 – 87
||- Assistant Commissioner, Upper
River Division, Gambia. Under the direction of, and in consultation
with the Commissioner, co-ordinated and supervised all Government
Departments and projects in the Division. In consultations with project
co-ordination of all Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO's) activities
in the Division prepared the necessary project documents for the division.
And also acted as a Junior Magistrate Class II in settling local disputes
and minor offences.
|1987 – 90
||- Promoted to Senior Assistant Secretary
and posted to the Ministry of Agriculture.
- Administrative matters relating to Women's Development Project,
Livestock Services, Gambia Co-operative Union, Agriculture Services,
EEC Micro Projects
- In charge of Technical co-operation both multilateral and bilateral
- Relations with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
- Liaison with Department heads and Project Managers for the preparation
of Annual Development Estimates and Plans
- Assist the Project Co-ordinator of ADB II in the overall management
of the Project Co-ordinating Unit
- Plus any other duties assigned by the Permanent Secretary
|1990 – October 1994
||- Promoted as Principal Assistant Secretary
and transferred to the Ministry for Local Government and Lands. Responsible
for all administrative matters, the supervisor of all staff discipline
in charge of provincial administration.
|1994 – 95
- Appointed as Minister of Finance and Economic
Affairs – In charge of The Gambia's
overall financial and economic policies. In charge of the smooth
running of the Central Bank, Accountant General's Department, Customs
and Excise, Statistic Department, Social Security and Housing Corporation.
Handled matters between The Gambia Government and the World Bank
and the International Monetary Fund.
|20th March 1995
- Appointed as Minister of Trade, Industry and Employment.
Responsible for The Gambia Trade Police. Promote investment opportunities
in The Gambia
|5th July 1995 – 97
- Re-appointed as Minister of Finance and Economic
|July 1997 – May 1999
- Deputy High Commissioner –
Gambia High Commission London
|May 1999 – June 2001
- Acting High Commissioner –
Gambia High Commission London
|21st June – September 2003
- Ambassador of The Gambia to The Republic of Cuba
October 2003 – Secretary
of State for Works, Construction and Infrastructure.
October 2006 – Appointed Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs