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The GCCI 2011 trade fair

Dec 1, 2011, 12:25 PM

The 2011 Trade Fair promises to be yet an unforgettable event. A good number of companies from Asia, Europe and Africa will be taking part in the ten-day affair, beginning on 8 December.

In a way, we can rightly say that The Gambia will be playing host to the world for ten good days of buying and selling, interaction and exploration by Gambians and their visitors alike.

In line with the theme of the trade fair: “Made in The Gambia”, all the participants, according to information gathered, will expose their products, show what they can deliver, so as to open more markets to enable them to expand their businesses.

Gambian businesses need this exposure, so that they can form strategic partnerships with foreign businesses which, hopefully, will result in more and more business opportunities for them.

And with The Gambia being already home to a lot of foreign investments, those foreign participants taking part in the trade fair will not be out of their depth.

Our business people need not be told that the opportunity to build up network for their business, as provided by the trade fair, is invaluable.

They would be wise, therefore, to book their stands right now.

We are quite sure that the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, GCCI, is almost set for the big show, expected to take place at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, the traditional venue for the trade fair.

Of course, the big names in Gambian economy TAF, Africell, and QuantumNet, among others will be there as they have always been.

The small and medium-size companies should also get themselves there; after all, it is primarily targeted at them.

We have to commend the GCCI for their energy in keeping the trade fair going year after year, despite meager resources.

The chamber should be intensifying efforts to get a permanent site for the national trade fair. This might be expensive to build, in the short-run, but far more cost effective in the long run.

We wish all the participants a profitable trade fair!

“Making best use of such opportunities will help us sell our businesses”