21 July 2014

Gambia: GCCI Validates Impact Assessment Report

The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) last Thursday validated the draft impact assessment report on the GCCI annual business award dinner at its Kerr Jula complex.

The forum brought together the business community, as well as the former presidents of the GCCI.

Speaking at the occasion, Alieu Secka, the chief executive officer of GCCI, noted that over the years they have recognised several companies for their business, as well as promoting The Gambia's economy. "The purpose of the award dinner is intended for business excellence," he said.

Baboucarr Sampo Ceesay, the lead consultant, explained that the emphasis of the report is independent, adding that GCCI is mindful of the importance of the award. He disclosed that GCCI has made request to UNDP for the consultancy to be funded, adding that everyone wants to be a winner and there are instances when some do not win and concerns are being expressed.

Ceesay noted that there are some instances whereby some competitors would not want to put forward or respond to nominees. He explained that the outcome of the validated document has been the effort of three weeks, when consultants endeavoured to meet the winners, losers and others as to how they value the award. He admitted that the awards without doubt are highly appreciated by the business community. The idea, he added, is hopefully based on the respond they have from different stakeholders, which is now the basis of the report, while hoping that it will be constructive and objective, because the idea is the chamber will like to have a system.

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