The vice president and minister of Women's Affairs has said that the number of products and services on exhibition at the ongoing International Trade Fair organised by the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) really shows that Africa is manufacturing.
Her Excellency Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy was speaking Wednesday, shortly after inspecting the stalls at the trade fair.
Organised on the theme 'More business opportunities, more jobs', the international trade expo is an annual event meant to create a platform for Gambians and international companies to showcase and sell their products.
While expressing satisfaction with the trade fair, VP Njie-Saidy observed that people are beginning to see things made in Africa from Niger to Morocco and elsewhere, on exhibition.
She remarked that whatever products are made in these countries from leather to other products really go to show that Africa is manufacturing. "But I guess we need to market Africa more for people to know that you don't have to go to Europe to get certain things, because the things I've seen here are of quality, whether they are leather made things or clothes or other exhibitions. So we are really impressed and I think it is a good job," she added.
The vice president urged people, especially the youths, to seize those opportunities that are provided, and go into trade and other gainful ventures.
Her words: "You can work in leather or whatever materials we have in The Gambia by adding value to it and sell it and make money and even in some instance employ somebody else. So I think the potentials are there and the policies are right. Even at the Ministry of Trade, Integration and Employment they have a policy that deals with informal or the productive sectors of the economy."
VP Njie-Saidy further urged the young people to take advantage of the enabling policies created by government. She also commended the GCCI, GIEPA and the Ministry of Trade, Integration and Employment and others who assisted towards the success of event. She equally commended all the exhibitors both local and international.
The vice president was received at the Stadium by officials of GCCI, who led her on a conducted tour of the stalls. The minister of Trade, Integration and Employment, Kebba Touray, was also in attendance.