The event was chaired by the minister of Transportation and Works, Hon. Bai LaminJobe at his office in Kanifing.
Hon. Jobe said that the government has resolved to ultimately run the International Conference Center as a business enterprise through a joint venture between the government and the private sector while highlighting that the government does not have the capacity to efficiently manage the gigantic edifice.
The minister revealed that a parallel process involving the Ministry of Finance has started to acquire the services of a full-time permanent operations and management firm to run the center. Until then, the newly inaugurated temporary committee will assume responsibility for the building, including opening it up for public use as soon as possible.
The Chief Executive Officer of Oicgambia, Mr. Yankuba Dibba welcomed the setting up of the Committee and expressed support of his organisation to facilitate its work smoothly. Additionally, he re-echoed and support the government’s decision to eventually hand over the management and operations of the Sir DawdaKairabaJawara International Conference Center to a public/private management firm.