On 2nd September 2022, The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) successfully concluded its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara Conference Center. The 2022 AGM is special as it is also a year in which new Directors are elected into office.
The AGM highlighted various projects and initiatives by GCCI, including the EU project, ILO Keur Jula Challenge, Resilience of Organizations for Transformative Small Holder Agriculture – roundtable meetings with Financial Service Providers and Equipment & Input Suppliers, and the launch of the Advisory Council.
Similarly, in an effort to support women, GCCI also held an AFCFTA workshop for youths and women, Challenge Fund for Women Entrepreneurs, Consultancy on needs assessment for women entrepreneurs and WBAG capacity-building workshop for women entrepreneurs.
For youths, GCCI supported business startups by organizing a Townhall on the theme “bridging the gap between academia and industry”.
“We also organized the national startup forum and pitch training.” commented on the GCCI official Facebook page.
Regarding MOUs and business relations, GCCI signed an MOU with The Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Ukraine Chamber of Commerce & Industry. These various MOUs aims to promote Private Sector development and growth between these countries. Similarly, Ambassador Sekou Toure of Ivory Coast paid a courtesy call to GCCI during the year.
Other key highlights for the year 2021 include:
Celebration of WIP Day, launching The Gambia Intellectual Property Policy and strategy 2018-2023 and unveiled TISC for SMEs in The Gambia.
In April, the Chamber played a key role in discussing some key challenges faced by the Truckers Association, Association of Clearing and Forwarding Agencies, Couriers, The Gambia Transport Union and The Gambia Police Force. The Chamber successfully provided recommendations to address issues faced.
Additionally, in May, GCCIBusinessAgainstCovid19 initiative supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) handed over an ambulance and D100, 000 worth of fuel coupons to The Gambia Prisons Service. In the same month, GCCI also successfully signed an MOU with the Dakar Chamber of Commerce & Industry to promote trade relations.
In August, GCCI organized a meeting between cashew nut exporters and Bloom Bank Africa Gambia Ltd to provide financing opportunities to increase the export capacity of Gambian exporters.
In line with its constitutional document and best corporate governance practices, GCCI conducts an election of new directors every three years. As a result, new directors were elected after going through the annual report for 2021.
In its official announcement, the GCCI confirmed that all contested candidates emerged as unopposed winners. The management, directors and members appreciate the industry leaders’ commitment to serving as our Board of Directors and anticipate their diverse experience bringing significant value to the Chamber.
The full list of Directors of GCCI is provided below.
|Director||Role in GCCI||Company|
|Edrissa Mass Jobe||President – second term||EM Holding|
|Alhagie Conteh||Vice President||Managing Director – Dabanani|
|Treasurer||Njundu Fatty – Re-elected||CEO Supersonicz Microfinance|
|Saul Frazer||Tourism, Construction and Real Estate||MD Global Properties|
|Lassana Tunkara||Large Employers (Employing more than 100 staff as per SSHFC)||QGroup|
|Sulayman Mboge||Agriculture, Agro Industry, Manufacturer & Exporter||Radville Farms|
|David Jeng||Youths||Founder – Bliss Executives|
|Alhagie Cherno Jallow||Importers, Traders, Retailers, MSMEs & Transport||MD AMC Trading|
|Fatou Jallow||Banking, Insurance or Financial Services||CEO Takaful Insurance Gambia Ltd|
|GPA (EX-Officio Member)||GPA|
|GIEPA (Ex-Officio Member)||GEIPA|
GCCI facilitates Business Development, promotes trade and advances the interests of Gambian Businesses. Founded in 1967, the Chamber is a nonprofit and pro-private sector-driven organization that facilitates business development, promotes cross-border trade, holds trade exhibitions, and advances the business community’s interests. It provides business advisory support and trade enquiry service to companies with trade and investment interests in the Gambia. The Chamber is the representative body of the Private Sector in The Gambia. It is a member of the Federation of West African Employers Association (FWAEA/FOPAO) and Pan-African Chambers of Commerce and Industry (PACCI). Since its inception, the GCCI has been the primary public-private Dialogue(PPD) platform. The Chamber frequently engages businesses of all sizes and gathers their challenges with a quest to seek redress through policy, legislation, and regulation. The GCCI is the Voice of Business in The Gambia. Visit http://www.gcci.gm/ and learn how to become a member or engage in partnership opportunities.