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3rd Moroccan export caravan symposium wraps up

Dec 9, 2010, 12:35 PM

The third edition of the Moroccan export caravan to Africa came to a close Tuesday at the Sheraton Hotel in Brufut.

Organised by Marco Export, the third edition of the Moroccan export caravan was hosted by the Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA) together with the Ministry of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment.

The caravan, the first of its king, comprise of 165 people and is part of Marco Export’s strategies to build economic and trade relations between the kingdom of Morocco and other African countries.

Below we reproduce in full, the statement of the Chief Executive Officer of GIEPA, Mrs Fatou Mbenga-Jallow.


We are gathered here this morning to welcome and work with our guests from the kingdom of Morocco led by Minister Maazouz. The delegation included 100 CEOs of companies from various sectors including but not limited to agric business, construction, ICT, Energy; pharmaceuticals as well as representatives of various institutions.

This event: Moroccan- Gambian Economic and Trade Day is being co hosted by MOTRIE, MO, GCCI & GIEPA.

Building on the excellent bilateral relations between the two sister countries, this is the culmination of efforts by our two governments to encourage trade and investment between the private sector of the two countries.

It is obvious that The Gambia and Morocco have a lot to offer each other for the mutual benefit of the two countries and we are optimistic that this forum will yield immense and positive benefits for the people of Morocco and The Gambia.

The Gambia Investment & Export Promotion Agency’s mandate is to promote and facilitate investment and trade with responsibility for investment facilitation, export and business development, and providing support to Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, The Gambia Investment & Export Promotion Agency is also committed and resolved in promoting a conducive business environment.

In line with the above commitments, it is the pleasure of The Gambia Investment & Export Promotion Agency to host our Moroccan counterpart, MAROC Exports and its entourage – the MAROC Trade Caravan – for the first time in The Gambia in efforts to promote trade among our sister-nations for what we believe would become an annual trade affair.

We at the Agency see this as a golden opportunity of business engagements between businesses in Morocco and businesses in The Gambia and we hope that businesses in both countries would leverage the opportunities being presented at this forum to not only dialogue but build a lasting partnership as we strive to enhance business corridors between African nations.

As the CEO for The Gambia Investment & Export Promotion Agency, I welcome you all to this laudable trade initiative and wish you all a successful business to business meeting.