Aug 1, 2008, 8:06 AM
The first-ever Taiwan-Gambia joint Business Council's Meeting was convened on Monday 16th November 200, at the Jerma Beach Hotel in Kololi.
The high-profile inter-country trade forum attracted investors from the two countries.
As part of the event, the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and Taiwan Africa Industry Development Association (CIECA) signed a confab on business, trade and investment.
Speaking at the occasion, the Taiwanese Ambassador to The Gambia, H.E Richard Shih, said Taiwan and The Gambia are close friends in divergent areas, noting that the meeting will avail the Taiwanese investors the opportunity to invest in The Gambia.
He said the country is politically stable, and has lots of potential and blessed with great people.
"The relationship between our two countries is close but there is a room for more relationship in the area of trade," he observed. He urged the two parties to make the best use of the opportunity available to them.
Mawdo Juwara, The Gambia's Ambassador to Taiwan said the move is a clear testimony of the commitment of the two countries to the protocols binding them.
He affirmed that the meeting is a very important one, noting that Taiwan is a major source of foreign exchange.
He called on all Gambians to interact with their Taiwanese counterparts, to make The Gambia an investment hub and gateway to African market.
Speaking earlier, Mike Hung, the Chairman of Taiwan Africa Industry Development Association said they are here to do business in The Gambia, adding that it would strengthen the relationship that exists between the two countries.
Bai Mattarr Drammeh, the President of GCCI said the private sector is the engine of growth and development.
Noting that the occasion is the first of its kind between the two countries, and that the Taiwanese are here to do business with their Gambian counterparts. The Gambia, he said, can learn a lot from Taiwan.
Other speakers included Mr.Kebba Njie, the CEO of GIPZA and CEO of GCCI, Mam Cherno Jallow.
A presentation on the outlook of the Gambian economy was also made for the benefit of the visiting investors.