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GIEPA holds sensitization forum

Sep 5, 2012, 9:27 AM | Article By: Malamin LM Conteh

The Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA) recently held a sensitization forum with local authorities from Kanifing Municipal Council and Banjul City Council, on investment in The Gambia.

Speaking at the meeting held at KMC chambers, the Mayor of the KMC, Yankuba Colley, said KMC is the center of all the commercial business in the country and that hosting such a meeting is important to them.

He pointed out that the street lights have boosted business in the KMC, adding that both the small- and large-scale businesspeople should also work in the interest of the country.

For her part, Aminata Sukai Hydara, a representative of KMC, CEO Mustapha Njie, told the gathering that the GiEPA was founded in 2010, to sensitize the business community across the country, adding that higher investment in the municipalities will benefit both KMC and BCC, since traders will pay more tax, which can be ploughed back to the communities, because the money that is realized from the traders can be used to collect waste and construct roads.

Tamsir Manga, coordinator of the Gambia Growth Competition Commission, revealed that 90% of the businesses in The Gambia is within KMC, and GiEPA is here to encourage the businessmen and women.

He said GiEPA wants to establish factories like mango processing factory, which can transform mango into a finished good, so that mongo owners could sell their mangoes easily as well as prevent mango from spoiling.