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The Republic of The Gambia
(Female suffrage 1961) The former British colony became independent 1965 and a Republic 1970

See also Gambia Heads of State and Gambia Parliament

From 1994 government Ministers have title of Secretaries of State

1982-87 Parliamentary Secretary of Health, Labour and Social Welfare Nyimasata Sanneh-Bojang
1996-97 Secretary of State of Social Welfare, Health and Women's Affairs
Her first name is also written as Nyima Sata, and she was the countryís first female parliamentary candidate and the first MP. After her resignation in 1992, there were no female candidates until 1996. MP again from 2002 and
Administrative Secretary of the ruling APRC party

1982-87 Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture Louise N'Jie  (Second in the Cabinet)
1987-88 Minister of Health, Environment, Labour and Social Welfare

1988-92 Minister of Social Security and Health 1992-94 Undersecretary of Health Ralphina A. D'Ameida

1992-94 Undersecretary of Information and Tourism Saja Taal

1992- Solicitor General and Legal Secretary Amie Bensouda
1994-95 Acting Minister of Justice

1993-94 Parliamentary Secretary of External Affairs Mariam Alaba Mbonge

1994-95 Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Amina Faal-Sonoko

1994-95 Secretary of State of Education Satang Jow
1995-97 Secretary of State of Youth, Sports and Culture
1997-98 Secretary of State of Education
Resigned in December 1998 for health reasons.

1994-95 Secretary of State of Information and Tourism Susan Waffa-Ogoo
1996 and 1997-2001 Secretary of State of Tourism and Culture
2001-
2004 Secretary of State of Fisheries and Natural Resources
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4-06 Secretary of State of Tourism and Culture
2012-13 Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ambassador to India in 2008 and to the United Nations 2008-12.

1994-95 Secretary of State of Social Welfare and Health Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang
2017- Vice-President
Fatoumata Tambajang later worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). (b. 1949-).

1995-96 Secretary of State of Social Welfare, Health and Women's Affairs Coumba Marenah-Ceesay  

1995-96 Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs Julia Dolly Joiner
1996-98 Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President
1999 Secretary to the Cabinet
1999-
2004 Secretary General of the Government and Head of the Civil Service

1996-2017 Secretary of State of Women's Affairs Aisatou Níjie-Saidy
1996-2001 Secretary of Social Welfare and Health
1997-2017 Vice-President
Her name is also spelled Isatou. (b. 1952-)

1997-98 Secretary of State for Justice and Attorney General Hawa Sisay-Sabally

1998-2000 Attorney General and Secretary of Justice Fatou Bensouda

1999-2004 Secretary of State of Education Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta
Prior to her appointment she was director of higher education.

1999-2002 Presidential Spokesperson and Press Secretary Faoumata Jahumpa Ceesay
A journalist before she was appointed Director of Press and Public Relations at the Office of the President. In 2002 one of the nominated members of parliament and Speaker of the Parliament 2007-09.

2004- Secretary of State of Education Fatou L. Faye

2005
Secretary of State of Economy and Finance Margaret Keita
Accountant General from 1996.

2005 Secretary of State of Industry and Employment Neneh Macdouall-Gaye
2005-08
Secretary of State of Communication, Information and Technology
2014-17 Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs
Journalist and former Deputy Director of the National Television Corporation and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of The Gambia to The United Nations in 2008 and to USA, Candada and Mexico in 2009. (b. 1957-).

2006-08 Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service Elizabeth Ya Ellis Harding

2007-10 Secretary of State of Justice and Attorney General Marie Saine-Firdaus

2007-08 Secretary of State for Culture and Tourism Angela Colley
Ambassador to Nigeria from 2008.


2008-10 Secretary of State for Culture and Tourism
Nancy Seedy Njie

2008-09 Secretary of State for Communications and Information Technology Fatim Badjie

2008- Secretary of State for Health and Social Welfare Dr. Mariatou Jallow

2008-09 Secretary General of the Government and Head of the Civil Service
Teneng Mba Jaiteh
2009-12 Deputy Minister of Petroleum
2012-13 Minister of Petroleum
2014 and 2014 Minister of Energy

2010-17 Secretary of State of Tourism and Culture Fatou Mass Jobe Njie

2011-12 Secretary of State of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Mariama Sarr-Ceesay

2013-17 Minister of Forestry and the Environment Fatou Ndeye Gaye

2013 Minister of Justice and Attorney General Amie Joof

2013-17 Minister of Justice and Attorney General Mama Fatima Singhateh

2017- Minister of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment Isatou Touray

 

Last update 02.02.17