Gambia, Senegal to hold trade talks in July

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The two ministers responsible for trade in The Gambia and Senegal have agreed to meet in the Senegalese town of Sally in July 2024.  Gambia’s Trade Minister, Baboucarr Ousmaila Joof and Dr. Serigne Gueye Diop, Minister of Commerce and Industry also agreed to invite Guinea Bissau to finalise a tripartite trade agreement among the three nations.

According to a press release issued by the Government Spokesperson,

“The July meeting will bring together experts and technicians from their respective ministries, customs, standard bureaux, food safety institutions, weights and measures, investment promotion agencies and the Chambers of Commerce of the two countries. The meeting hopes to discuss and adopt tangible measures to facilitate cross-border trade, trade and transit barriers, promotion of investment and the development of joint industrial zones to facilitate economic development in the two countries.”

Dr. Serigne Gueye Diop

The release further stated that,

“In advancing tripartite trade among neighbours, Ministers Joof and Gueye Diop also, agreed to extend an invitation to Guinea Bissau to finalise the development of a Tripartite Trade and Transit Cooperation Agreement for the three countries during the proposed Sally meeting.”

The agreement for a meeting follows the visit of Minister Joof to Senegal when he met his counterpart in Senegal during which he was accompanied by Trade Permanent Secretary, Mr Lamin Dampha, the Commissioner General of The Gambia Revenue Authority, Mr. Yankuba Darboe and several other Government officials.