Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs


NAME: Bala Garba-Jahumpa, B.A., Diploma in Diplomacy, Diploma in Development Administration, MSOC, SC

PLACE OF BIRTH: Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa

DATE OF BIRTH: 20th July 1958



1970 -73 - St. Augustine's High School – (Gambia)
GCE Ordinary level Certificate

1973 - 75 - Armitage High School – (Gambia)

1975 -1977

- 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,
Canberra, Australia

1986 – October 1996 - Management Development Institute, Gambia Certificate in Local Government

1987 – 88 - University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diploma in Development Administration

1987 – 88

- University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Certificate in Communication Skills

1988– 89 - University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Master's Degree in Development Administration


1981 82

- 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.

1982 83 - 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 State Department.

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.

Responsibilities include:-
  • 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 co-operation
  • 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 Affairs

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