The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry is at an advanced stage in preparing for its next Business Awards Gala Dinner scheduled to take place in May this year at the Ocean Bay Hotel in Cape Point, Bakau. This year’s GBA also gives prominence to The Gambia’s Golden Jubilee or 50-year Independence Anniversary, hence its theme: “Supporting Sustainable Enterprises” The GCCI annual Business Awards is set out to acknowledge, reward and encourage members of the private sector who have registered remarkable success in their areas of business. The occasion has therefore become one of the most treasured annual activities of the private sector apex body in The Gambia.
International dignitaries and top government officials have often been invited as special guests of honour. For this year’s dinner, the secretariat targets highly placed international personalities and institutions with relevance to business or private sector development to raise the bar on special guests. These include former Presidents or heads of International organisations related to business, such as Ecobank Group Head (as special guest of honour) and other high profile dignitaries.
The award council will include members from the University of The Gambia, Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment, DT Associates, and the Gambia Bar Association. This team is also backed by a technical working group.
Major sponsors behind this year’s awards include EuroGroup (Eagle), Gambia Competitiveness Project, Ecobank, ECOWAS, and Jah Oil. This year’s award categories, as has been the norm over years, are considered on the backdrop of the country’s national economic priorities and other emerging facets of the economy.
The 2015 Awards categories are therefore set out as follows, Young Entrepreneur of the Year; Service Provider of the Year; Partnership of the Year; Emerging Business of the Year; Agro Processing Enterprise of the Year; and Sustainable Business of the Year.
The Awards Gala Dinner will also host the National Business Plan Competition Award 2015, a programme initiated and promoted by Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA), Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment (MOTIE), and Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).
A package of D1.75 million has been allocated to be disbursed among the best winners of the award. The first winner will receive D1 million, the second D500,000 and the third D250,000.