chairman of the trade fair committee of The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and
Industry has disclosed that over 300 exhibitors will take part in this year’s
international trade fair.
Bajara Jabbi was speaking at GCCI 5th press conference held on Wednesday at Kerr Jula, in Bijilo. Slated for 24 March to 15 April, the theme for this year is “Economic Transformation for Gambian Business Empowerment”.
He indicated that the fundamental pillar in the realisation of the New Gambia is to pursue a meaningful transformation of the country’s economy as well as the empowerment of local businesses, particularly youth owned enterprises.
Thus, he noted that the policy reforms that GCCI is advocating for is to facilitate an enabling environment for businesses, noting that it would be very difficult for the country to prosper without a strong private sector.
“Consequently, the focus on the discussions around local private ownership needs to be centered on ownership by Gambians or residents of The Gambia. Giving its key role in the economy, entrepreneurship must be the heartbeat of this country, as it is only through entrepreneurship that people, who posse the skills risk their resources and time to invest and establish enterprises”.
Entrepreneurship, he acknowledged, serves as source of employment creation, directly or indirectly, saying the strategy will enable The Gambia to grow its economy systemically and attain economic development, wealth creation and ensure better standard of living for its citizens.
“Furthermore, through this initiative, youths will not only be job seekers, but most importantly job creators. In this regard, entrepreneurship must therefore be must encouraged and nurtured”.
Jabbi indicated that the objective of the trade fair is to promote the creation and growth of industries and enterprises, to network local enterprises with business opportunities at the international level, to present an opportunity platform for business and industry innovators as well as to highlight investment opportunities in the New Gambia among others.
According to him, the main exhibition categories, are going to agricultural products, banking and finance, fashion and cosmetics, food items, IT and telecommunication, real estate, software engineering.