The Africa Head of the Royal Commonwealth Society John Apea has welcomed the readmission of Gambia into the Commonwealth.
Mr Apea believes the return of Gambia is a testament to the Commonwealth’s commitment to democracy, equality and rule of law.
Gambia under its former leader Yahya Jammeh pulled out of the Commonwealth in 2013, describing it as a neo-colonial institution.
With a new leader, Adama Barrow in place, the West African country is seeking to rebuild stronger ties with the international community and with institutions which had a strained relationship with Gambia as a result of the despotic leadership of Jammeh.
Reiterating the relevance of the Commonwealth to the current generation of leaders across the world, the Africa Head of the Royal Commonwealth Society said the share numbers of members within the Commonwealth provides a great opportunity for networking between member states.
Ahead of the Commonwealth biannual get together in April 2018, John Apea has written a piece reiterating the importance of the Commonwealth.
“There is a practical and ethical imperative – despite differences in terms of geographic proximity and/or economic development levels – to discuss the possibility of enhanced formal intra-Commonwealth economic and trade cooperation,” he said.