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GCCI holds forum on promoting made-in-The Gambia products

Dec 21, 2011, 12:18 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) last Thursday held a business forum on ‘Promoting made-in-The Gambia Products and Services’ as part of events marking the 2011 trade fair, at the Kairaba Beach Hotel.

Speaking at the ceremony, Alieu Secka, moderator of the forum, said they are pleased with the momentum taken by the GCCI.

“We have started a difficult but achievable process; we have a long way to go,” he said, adding that some things have been done in promoting the homemade production scheme but that they need to move with concrete actions.

Mr Secka also urged the participants to share the information gained from the workshop with those who did not have the opportunity to witness the forum.

Lamin Dampha, Director at the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment, said they are pleased to be associated with such a forum.

“The better we produce things for ourselves, the better society we live in,” he said, adding that embarking on producing goods in The Gambia will not just serve as a form of producing or creating job employment for Gambians; it will also create wealth for businesses and the economy and serve as a pride.

Muhammed Sillah, Managing Director, of Salam Company Ltd, said his company export its products to both Senegal and Angola.

They hope to make bigger export to Angola because those people have attested to the quality of his company’s product, Mr Sillah said, while encouraging banks to help small businesses to grow.

Tamsir Manga, project coordinator of Gambia Growth and Competiveness Project, said their two main components are improving on business environment and production, adding that their objectives include supporting micro-economic enterprises.

Other speakers at the forum included Abdoulie Tambedou, managing director of Gambia Ports Authority and Mamour M. Jagne, secretary general of the Gambia Bankers Association.