National Tobaski Wanterr Trade Fair Launched 

Officials from the Gambia Youth Chamber of commerce with partners at the launching Pgoto Credit: VOD media

By Fatou Dahaba

As part of efforts to create a conducive environment for every thriving business in the country, the Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC), Gambia Market Union (GMU), and Gam United Breeders Association (GUBA) launched the National Tobaski Wanterr Trade Fair at the GCCI Kerr Jula office in Bijilo on Thursday, May 9th, 2024. 

According to the organization, the pilot Wanterr trade fair aimed at ensuring that people who usually sell outside the market areas during feasts are given suitable places to sell and that people and vehicles can move easily.

The National Tobaski Trade Fair is expected to empower youth, women, and businesses by promoting sustainable practices and driving economic empowerment.

This event’s theme is “Sustainable growth in challenging times: supporting micro, small, and medium enterprises, a Gambian perspective.”

Theresa S. Diarra, Director of Operation and Membership at GCCI, said the initiative underscores the company’s commitment to fostering economic growth and development in the Gambia.

She added that GCCI, as the private sector’s umbrella body, will continue to support events that showcase entrepreneurial skills and innovation within the community.

“The Youth Chamber of Commerce, as an affiliate to the GCCI, plays a vital role in nurturing young entrepreneurs and driving economic progress.

The National Tobaski Wanterr Trade Fair provides a unique platform for businesses to showcase their products and services, forge new partnerships, and explore innovative ideas.”

Neneh Gulo Bah, Senior Vice President of GYCC, also emphasizes the importance of the Wanterr Trade Fair.

“This trade fair holds immense relevance showcasing its impact on accelerating development results while this milestone achieves more effects and needs private sector contributors, market unions, government, local government authorities and partners to breach developmental gaps and create sustainable opportunities.”

Malangding B. Jabang, Secretary General of Gambia’s Market Union, said the initiative’s goal is to stop people from encroaching on the roads during feasts, which disturbs the free movement of people and vehicles.

He reiterates that avenues must be created for businesses to flow normally to empower the business community.

“We welcomed this initiative because it will help us maintain our free streets. I’m pealing to all who want to sell their products during Tobaski. Let them join us at the GCCI trade fair grounds in Brusubi.”

Babucarr Jeng, Secretary General of Gam United Breeders Association, said sheep breeders’ annual Tobaski is their biggest income-generating event.

He said at GUBA, they see the event as an opportunity that will eliminate challenges they faced, especially about security.

“GUBA will install a vex stall which will ensure the Buyers are secured when buying and ensure livestock they’re selling are off good health.”

The Tobaski Wanterr Trade Fair will be held at the GCCI trade fair grounds from June 1st to June 16th and open to all local businesses.


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