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Gambia: US embassy, government to host international trade forum

Published date:
Tuesday, 10 November 2009

The United States of America embassy in Banjul in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade, will hold a business forum on November 17th to 18th 2009 at the Coconut Residence Hotel in Senegambia.

This forum which will be on the theme: "Doing business with the US", is intended to promote trade and investment network between the United States of America and The Gambia, foster entrepreneurship, and expand trade opportunities under the Agriculture Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

In view of this, the US embassy has invited several distinguished guests and resource personnel including the senior advisor on Africa Commercial Business Affairs at the US Department of State in Washington, representatives from the USAID West African Trade Hub Office in Dakar, representatives from the US Foreign Commercial Service in Dakar as well as distinguished private Gambian businessmen and Gambia government officials.

Tashawna Bethea, Political and Economic Affairs officer at the US embassy, comfirmed in a press briefing that the two-day forum will commence on the 17th and end on the 18th of this month. She further told the press that the international session would be a very interactive one and that it will also serve as a platform where investors from different sectors would come together and build partnership.

According to her, the forum would also be used as a specific session on the African Growth Opportunity Act. The forum she added will feature presentations on such topics as regulations and requirements for doing business in the US, how the Foreign Commercial Service supports trade with the US, how the US embassy supports business in The Gambia, The Gambia's potential for trading with the US, how the banking sector can support trade with the US, how to manage a profitable business, and President Obama's special message to Gambian entrepreneurs will also be read, opportunities to trade under AGOA and the opportunity and incentives for doing business in The Gambia amongst others would also be discussed at the forum.

The US diplomat made this revelation during a press briefing with a group of reporters, over the weekend at the Kairaba Beach Hotel in Kololi. The briefing session was attended by other senior staff of the US embassy.

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