The objective of the training was to enhance skills and understanding of participants on the necessary processes and procedures of EU tending, finance and contract procedures so that they can participate in bids in due course.
The training was funded by NAOSU through EU help at the American International University West Africa with 25 participants from different firms and companies.
Momodou Samateh, EU/NAOSU representative said they hope participants now have a better understanding of the processes and procedures involved with EU tendering, finance and contractual matters and can now effectively participate and bid for EU contracts.
Mr. Samateh pointed out that globally, EU funding for developing countries is increasing and therefore it is necessary for Gambian contractors and consultants be well equipped with the requisite knowledge and understanding of EU procedures involved so that they can effectively participate and compete with international firms and companies.
He added that they expect an increase level of participation in EU tenders when such opportunities are announced or launched for The Gambia following the conclusion of the training.
Gheran Senghore, CEO, GFS Business Development explained that the training was necessitated because of shortcomings of Gambian businesses whenever there is a bidding process from EU, World Bank among others.
He added that they found out that Gambians do not win because of their limited knowledge on the processes in applying for the tenders with foreign firms coming to The Gambia to partner with Gambians to get the job done, saying that way the Gambian firms do not get the bigger share.
Mr. Senghore said with the empowerment of participants they hope Gambian firms will now be in a better position to bid for EU and other tenders and win.
Ernest A. Mendy, junior consultant at Emanic Consulting, who benefitted from the training said the training exposed them to previous mistakes which disqualified them from winning EU tenders.
He promised to share the knowledge gained with his firm to ensure we see Gambian firms winning EU and other tenders.
Jay Ceesay, project manager, Cayor Enterprises Ltd., also a participant described the training as an eye opener for them, adding that henceforth they will be more careful and pay attention to all guidelines when tendering.