Monday, October 17, 2011

Marche Jula: GCCI to stage exhibition of made-in-Gambia

The Gambia Chambers of Commerce and Industry is to stage its first edition of “Marrseh Jula” where small and medium size enterprises in the country will have the chances to exhibit their products.

The event, to be held at Buffer Zone in Tallinding from 28th to 30th October this year, will showcase locally made products hence promoting made-in- the Gambia  as well as and draw a lot of attention to local goods which may be hitherto unknown.   It will also give business exposure to the small and medium enterprises most of whom may not afford the register to a trade fair.

“This is the first edition of ‘Marrseh Jula,’” said Almamy Taal, Chief Executive Officer of the GCCI during a press conference held on Wednesday at its office along Kairaba Avenue.

The event will give more business exposure to small and medium size enterprises, who are the major target for the event, to showcase their products thereby giving them more business opportunity and market power.
Since this is the first edition of the event, GCCI CEO said it will be a learning experience as it will determine the future of the event in terms of continuity.  “When this one is successful then subsequently we will make it at least once in a year in order to give more exposure and business opportunity to the SMEs.  We may also increase the number of days from three days to more days and we might even decentralize it when the need arise.”

The participating businesses will have the chance to network amongst themselves thereby building more business linkages.

Mariama Bah-Njie, coordinator of Marrseh Jula, said the cost of registration for the event is one thousand dalasis (D1000).  “This can be affordable by most of the businesses.  We made the cost lower because we want more SMEs to register.”

The coordinator of the event said the program is not only limited to members of GCCI only; business that are not members can also registered for the exhibition.  However, she explained that the target participants for the event are small and medium size enterprises. 

Mrs Njie-Bah said the response from the businesses so far is positive as more and more businesses continue to register.

Sarata Conateh, manager business development and research, said event is another opportunity for the GCCI to attract more members to register which will make it (the Chambers) more viable.

Pansaw Nyassi, a staff of GCCI, explained that the occasion is deliberately scheduled to coincide with the preparation of a Muslim feast locally called ‘Tobaski’ because it will serve as a one-stop-shop for all the things that people may need as part of the preparation for the feast ranging from clothing to food.
The primary functions of the GCCI are provision of essential business services to the private sector in general and its members, in particular, and advising and influencing government in creating a favourable business environment.

GCCI has also played a key role in expanding international trade activities and promoting growth.  It brings together a wide range of business interests into close and continuous contact with government departments.


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