OIC Gambia Secretariat this week held a kick-off meeting and site visit for officials of Immoland Sarl – the concessionaire partnering with the government to implement the Five-star Hotel Project in preparation for the OIC Heads of State and Government Summit next year.
The team was led by the Chairman and CEO of Immoland Sarl, Mr. Abdoulie Thiam, and other members included technicians from the engineering firms involved in the project.
The architects and engineers, numbering seventeen (17), come from South Africa and Turkey to inspect the site and carry out preliminary works ahead of construction.
The engagement began with a kick-off meeting at the Secretariat, where the Chief Executive Officer of The Gambia OIC Secretariat, Yankuba Dibba expressed delight that the project is advancing into implementation. He added that having a franchised luxury hotel of the globally renowned brand Radisson Blu would add a significant dimension to the country’s tourism portfolio.
Chairman Abdoulie Thiam reiterated his ‘’100% commitment to the timely execution of the project’’. Being born in Banjul to a Gambian mother and Senegalese father, Mr. Thiam indicated that he has a personal motivation to see the project come to fruition.
Chairman Thiam disclosed that the concept and the architectural drawings are finalized.
Mr. Andrew Stockil, Founder and Director of Nuvo Consulting, the consultant for the 5-star hotel project said they were very much excited upon receiving the project concept from the CEO of Immo Land Sarl construction company.
“We are all excited to produce a product for the OIC, Chairman Immorland, for the edifice to run for many years, and for it to benefit Gambian people,” he said.
Meanwhile, R. Tolga Baburoglu, Deputy Chairman, ERSA Construction Company said they are so privileged and honored to be given this opportunity as a construction team and a consultancy team.
“We have come here with the best of the best from South Africa, who have given their sweat in Africa doing many hospitality projects… As a team, we have built over 100 hotels in the world, partly we own. Therefore we believe that we would give the best quality and the best time under the Raddison group,” he said.