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The Gambia: AGOA business forum opens in Gambian capital

Published date:
Tuesday, 17 November 2009

The Gambia’s minister of Trade, Industry and Employment, Yusupha Kah, and the US ambassador to The Gambia, Barry L. Wells on Tuesday presided over the opening of a two-day business forum aimed at promoting trade and investment between the US and Gambia.

The forum held at 20km from Banjul the capital is sponsored and organised by the US embassy in Banjul in collaboration with the Trade ministry.

The forum is on the theme « Doing business with the US ».

According to a release from the embassy, the forum also aims to foster entrepreneurship and expand trade opportunities under the AGOA—the African Growth and Opportunities Act-, increase financing opportunities, entrepreneurial empowerment and provide a Platform for dialogue and Networking.

Various resource persons, experts, and managers in banking and commerce from the embassy in Banjul and Dakar and from non-embassy personnel in The Gambia are attending the forum.

In opening the forum, Trade minister Kah called on the business community to make full use of the opportunity being provided.

He thanked the embassy for their continued support to the business sector, assuring ambassador Wells of his ministry’s continued cooperation.

Ambassador Wells said promoting business with the US is both easy and difficult. He advised the local business community to use the forum as a catalyst in developing their businesses.

“ Latest AGOA Trade Data currently available on

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  • AGOA-Beneficiary Countries’ AGOA and GSP Trade Aggregates

  • AGOA Trade by Industry Sector

  • Apparel Trade under AGOA’s Wearing Apparel Provisions

  • Latest Apparel Quotas under AGOA

  • Bilateral Trade Data for all AGOA-eligible countries individually.

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