#National News

The Gambia: Leveraging Access to the European Market Production and promotion of Innovative Handicrafts as an Ethical and “Global” approach to Job creation, sustainable development and conservation:

Mar 26, 2021, 1:21 PM

The GCCI in partnership with Gaye Njorro Foundation for the Empowerment of The Youth (GNF) are working together through the EU funded project- “Promoting Investments in Culture, Creative Arts and Sports to Enhance Resilience against Climate Change in Local Communities” to promote the handicraft sector in The Gambia.

Between the 8th and 12th  of March 2021, a field assessment took place in The Gambia, with Mr. Pedro Alegria, a handicraft expert from the EU and local handicraft players across the country.

A workshop with owners of handicraft enterprises was held in Basse on the 9th of March and at Kerr Jula, GCCI on the 12th of March. Field visits were also conducted at handicraft production sites in Basse, Janjanbureh and Bakau craft market as part of Mr. Alegria’s mission. These activities helped in better assessing the crafts ecosystem as a step towards developing a project-based training program that will bring together craftsmen and innovators, aiming to create new handicrafts products for the European market.

Amongst the challenges faced by producers of handicraft included but not limited to inadequate financing, poor market access, lack of innovative products, etc. A key component of the project is to develop standards and work with the intellectual property office at the Ministry of Justice to improve the handicraft sector. The project team will also be working with the National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA) to accredit GNF as a handicraft centre. GNF currently trains youth especially young women in tailoring and garment construction, hairdressing, Arts and Craft, energy efficient skills  and catering through its skills training centres in Brusubi, Farafenni and Soma .

The project will help to enhance the capabilities of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the handicraft sector, create job opportunities for young people and women and create access for ‘Made in Gambia’ products to the EU Market and beyond.

Read Other Articles In National News
UN, NCAC mark 75th anniversary through promotion of creative contest for artists
Sep 29, 2020, 12:09 PM

As part of events marking the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the United Nations System in The Gambia in collaboration with the National Center for Arts and Culture and the Writers' Association of The Gambia recently celebrated the day in the form of artistic works and cultural performances to promote poetry and painting countrywide.

Letters of credence
Gambian High Commissioner to Senegal presents Letters of Credence to President Macky Sall
Mar 15, 2021, 11:17 AM

BANJUL, 11 March 2021: The High Commissioner of the Republic of The Gambia to the Republic of Senegal with accreditation to Mali and Burkina Faso, His Excellency Mr. Hadrammeh M. Sidibeh, on 4 March 2021 presented his Letters of Credence to the President of the Republic of Senegal, His Excellency Macky Sall at a ceremony held at the Presidential palace in Dakar.

Noor Aid
Noor Aid UK presents over 7000 bags of rice, oil to needy Muslims
Apr 27, 2021, 12:10 PM

As Muslims continue to observe the Holy Month of Ramadan, Noor Aid UK, a registered charity based in Manchester with the primary objectives of helping the poor and needy in Africa and Asia has donated over 7000 bags of rice, sugar, onions among other items to thousands of households across the country.

Nfansu Yaya Touray supports Sambuyang New Town ward with taps
Sep 15, 2020, 12:07 PM

Former alkalo of Gunjur Sambuyang, Alhagie Nfansu Yaya Touray on Sunday patronized Sambuyang New Town ‘Kabilo’ ward with new taps after drilling a borehole in his compound.