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Almami Taal is new CEO of GCCI

Sep 14, 2011, 1:12 PM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

According to good sources, Almami Fanding Taal, a former high court judge, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).

Taal, a legal practitioner, replaces Abdou Salam Secka, who until his resignation was handling the position at the chamber.

When contracted yesterday, Taal confirmed his appointment to this reporter.

“Yes,  I have been appointed as the new CEO of the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry,” he said, while commending the entire membership of the GCCI through its President Bai Matarr Drammeh “for the trust and confidence reposed in me”.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve the private sector of the Gambia at this level, and I look forward to working with all the members of the Chamber,” he added.


Almami Fanding Taal holds a Master of Law-LL.M Degree in Economic, Banking and Finance Law from the University of London.

Mr. Taal is a legal practitioner with over 13 years experience in Public, Business and General Legal Practice.

He spent over 10 years in senior counsel and management positions including as Curator of Intestate Estates and acting Chief Executive Officer of the Gambia Divestiture Agency responsible for the privatization of the assets of the Gambia Government.

Taal has established a reputation for his knowledge of the public sector, investment environment and regulation. He was the legal specialist and adviser to the Gateway Project 2006-2008 and currently the legal adviser to the Writers Association of The Gambia.

Mr Taal has served on the boards of the Gambia Ports Authority, Gambia Civil Aviation Authority, National Water and Electricity Company, and the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation.

Presently he is a board member of the Gambia Public Works Agency, and Treasurer of the Gambia Bar Association.

In 2008, Taal co-founded Real Time Consulting RTC and serves as the Director of Legal and Business Development. The firm’s main focus is in providing financial management and legal services to domestic SMEs and international companies/corporations operating or with business interests in The Gambia or seeking investment opportunities, or involved in litigation. 

Mr. Taal has assisted in major corporate transactions, and has expertise in international trade, admiralty, and intellectual property disputes/litigation.

With his extensive knowledge of the legal and regulatory environment, Mr. Taal has provided advice to international clients involved in government projects.

He handles and advises, among other things, the setting up and operations of companies, restructuring, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, insolvency and international trade.

He also undertook consultancy work for government, CSOs, NGOs and donor agencies on capacity building, organisational assessment, governance and human rights-related issues.