By: Omar Wally
The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), in collaboration with the West African Constellation Programme, based in Italy on Monday held an investment forum at the Senegambia Beach Hotel.
The objective of the forum is to inform and promote Italian businesses in the areas of Agro Industry (cultivation), energy (production & illumination) (domestics and commercial), water treatments (public and private sectors), hotel construction and supplies, type technology and general construction, windows and doors construction (PVC frames), franchise opportunities and furniture.
Speaking at the forum, Bai Sainey Secka, who is partnering with the West African Constellation, noted that the programme is happening in other parts of the world, in partnership with Italians who scouted The Gambia as one of the potential areas of growth, under the troubled economy of the world.
The programme, he said, will be merging Gambian entrepreneurs, Gambian technical personnel and companies with not only Italian but also European companies.
Secka explained that the concept is also great as most of the people involved in the work would be Gambians under the supervision of their counterparts from Italy and other parts of the world. “We are trying to ensure that we secure finance from Dutcher Bank through the IMF and World Bank,” he told the gathering.
According to Secka, The Gambia stands to gain in the areas of employment, infrastructural development, technology and training.
Gian Matteo Balestrini, the chairman of West African Constellation, noted that the economy of the country is important, adding that the constellation project is managed by Gambian citizens with external support participating technically and financially.
For his part, Pa Sulayman Secka, the managing director of Pass Trading Company Limited, described the forum as important in seeing more investor coming into The Gambia. He added that it would really change some of the concepts they have been using all the time. “We understand that the companies are bringing their products, and as a result we want to make good use of their presents,” he said.