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Gambia celebrates Women Entrepreneurship Day

Nov 24, 2015, 10:34 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

The Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA) and ECOMANSA of the University of The Gambia have organised a daylong panel discussion in celebration of the Women Entrepreneurship Day (WED) in the country.

The forum was held at the American Corner at Kairaba Avenue on Thursday.

The day is annually celebrated every 19 November in more than 140 countries. It is aimed at empowering the 4 billion women on the planet Earth and also served as an inspiration to more than 250 million girls living in poverty.

Various events are organised to celebrate the day in different countries such as keynote presentations, breakfast and networking events, media campaigns, and panel discussions.

Speaking at the panel discussion in The Gambia, the Ambassador of WED - The Gambia, Fatoumata Saho, said the forum will help expose the ideas and businesses to the wider world.

She said the discussion will put women at centre stage to reflect on their businesses, common challenges and the opportunities in various sectors of the economy.

Ms Saho called for more support to be accorded to women, especially those in the business sector, in The Gambia and beyond.

The chief executive officer of JAL’s Food Processing, Yassin Jah Mbye, said business is not easy but it is a challenge worth taking by women to ensure national development in any country.

She called on women entrepreneurs in The Gambia to unite and partner with one another for the development of their businesses.