1 February 2013

Gambia: Sixth GCCI Trade Fair Starts Tomorrow

The sixth edition of the Trade Fair organised by The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GGCI) will commence tomorrow, February 2nd at the Independence Stadium in Bakau where the president of the Republic, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh is expected to grace the occasion.

Tomorrow's grand opening ceremony marks the culmination of months of preparation byofficials of the GCC1 and other stakeholders such as the Ministry of Trade, Integration and Employment for the successful staging of the weeklong Fair.

The Fair was, until this year a biennial event organised to create a platform for Gambian and international companies to showcase and sell their products in the quest of creating a market for them. Buthenceforth, according to officials, the Trade Fair will be organised every year with a view to creating a market and more opportunities for business more so for Gambian companies and enterprises.

In a brief interview Thursday afternoon, the Chamber's corporate service manager, Beatrice A. Prom, disclosed that 45 international companies/enterprises are already billed for participation in this edition of the Trade Fair, noting that some have arrived whilst others were on their way. She also disclosed that the number of stalls at the Independence Stadium was 205, but was quick to add that this figure might increase before the actual start of the event.

Prom described the preparations as "successful" noting that all is set for the much anticipated Fair that will last foreight days.

Participants from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Congo Brazzaville, Benin, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Niger, Nigeria, amongst others will take part in a Trade Fair which has its theme; "More business opportunities, more jobs."

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