Gambia’s export to Belgium amounts to about 2.5 million Euros

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Belgium ambassador to The Gambia said the tiny West African nation’s export to Belgium in 2017 amounted to about 2.5 million Euros and the 140th client of the European nation.

Philippe Colyn also revealed that Belgian export to The Gambia for the same period amounted to about 20 million Euros and the 149th supplier to Belgium.

Ambassador Colyn made the revelations at Kairaba Beach Hotel where he appeared at the first Belgium-Gambia Trade and Economic forum following 35 Belgian investors’ visit to The Gambia.

During their engagement with Gambian authorities last Thursday, the mission proposed business investment in the country in thematic areas. Their coming to Gambia was also meant to establish cooperation with The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).

Ambassador Colyn said the bilateral trade relation between Gambia and Belgium is mostly supported on the export side by machinery, transport equipment, chemicals and food and on the import side by chemical products, vegetables and base metals.

“Belgium has a lot to offer to help in the recovery and development of Gambian economy. Belgian companies have expertise to cover strategic sectors such as logistic, construction, agriculture, IT, water and energy by bringing Belgian know-how, innovation and high skills,” he said.

Tenengba Jaiteh, The Gambia’s ambassador to Belgium said the economic mission’s coming to the country was timely as it coincides with Gambia’s development of its national development plan.

She said the plan will complement government priority areas which require investment and commended the two governments for exploring business opportunities and strengthening bilateral ties.

Author: Rose Zahra Gomez