Chris Dietrich, the founder of TukTuk Gambia, has expressed his satisfaction in investing in the country’s transport sector.
The German co-owns the company with Pa Modou Jobe, a Gambian who served 30 years in the German police but returned home to resettle.
Chris said he is inspired to invest in the transport sector when he visited The Gambia a few years ago and had an unpleasant experience with taxi drivers, especially the way they treat passengers.
“I didn’t have any intention to start a business here but due to what I experienced and being a consultant, I decided to reach out to TukTuk India to come up with something because I felt disappointed and touched seeing taxi drivers treating their brothers and sisters so inhumanely and when I enquired, I was told they are only taking people hiring them on town trip. I was shocked,” Chris said.
The German, who is based in The Gambia, later established a TukTuk business to address the transportation challenge.
“And after three years, I can proudly say that my decision has made an impact in the transport sector and I am happy to announce that TukTuk Gambia is the main distributor of BAJAJ motor bikes and motorcycles in the Gambia,” he added.
Mr Dietrich said his company recently signed an agreement with Bajaj Auto, a leading manufacturer of motorcycles and three-wheelers (TukTuk) in India to supply CT 125 commercial motorbikes and DISCOVER motorbikes.
He said the CT 125 is renowned for its speed and strong engine and consumes less fuel.
“We sell it for D45, 000, the cheapest price in the market. This is all geared towards empowering Gambians,” he said.
He said they have expanded to Brikama, Basse, Gunjur and Banjul.
“TukTuk Gambia has made significant strive on employment for youths and with the new partnership with BAJAJ, the prediction is that we will give far more employment opportunities to youths,” he said.