By Olimatou Coker
The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program Tuesday held a business forum for women in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on UNDP and government procurement processes.
The forum was held at Paradise Suites Hotel in Senegambia.
Speaking at the convergence, the representative of the United Nations Development Program Madam Nisse Odikaibu, noted: “I am very happy that we are here this morning to make a follow-up on what we have since started last year.” She said procurement is very important in business.
“Hope this will be the part of series of trainings that we will be having in order to open up what procurement is all about.”
For her part, director business development Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Mrs Sarata Conateh, said the forum aims to train on procurement targeting women in small and medium businesses in particular.
“This forum is a follow up session to the session we had held in November 2018 and the session opened up discussion about the low participation of accessing of procurement tenders by women,” she noted.
According to her, they had an interactive discussion with women during which the challenges and solutions were talked about.
Madam Conateh thanked the United Nations Development Program and hopes the transformative partnership between GCCI and UNDP will grow from strength to strength.