By Yunus S Saliu
The Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA), on Wednesday, 04 October 2023 got a new board members as inaugurated by the Minister of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment.
The inaugural ceremony of the board members was held at the Ministry’s Conference Hall in Banjul.
The board members of the Agency comprise the Secretary-General Office of the President; the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment (MOTIE); Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs (MOFEA); Permanent Secretary Ministry of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (MOHERST), Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President; Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA) CEO; GIEPA Director Corporate Affairs (is the Secretary) while the new Ex Officio members are AbdouTouray, Chairman of the Board, Papa Yusupha Njie, Member and Ernest Reuben Aubee, Member.
In his inaugural statement Honourable Baboucarr Joof, Minister of MOTIE congratulated the appointed members and thanked them for accepting to serve as members of the board of the GIEPA.
Their appointment, the Minister said, was due to their experiences and track records both national and international which cannot be overlooked.
Honorable Joof thanked His Excellency President AdamaBarrow for considering the appointment of the “three ex officio members of the society to work with our technical team to support GIEPA to take it to the next level.”
The Minister used the opportunity to describe them as a strong team saying with the quality of people brought to the board he is convinced that they should be able to work with the management of the GIEPA to come up with a formula that will address the challenges of funding for the institution “that’s top of priority within my priorities for GIEPA. So I expect innovative, creative approaches from this team that will enable GIEPA to survive, ”
However, the chairman of the board, Abdou Touray, thanked the presidency through the Minister of MoTIE for their appointment to serve as part of the board members for the GIEPA.
He, however, on behalf of the other member assured them of their positive impact that will further help the agency to achieve its mandate.