The Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment in collaboration with the Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) of UNDEA, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Monday, 14th December, 2020 convened a one-day high level policy implementation forum on supporting Micro Small and Medium Size Enterprises (MSMEs) in The Post COVID-19 Era, Promoting MSME Formalization.

The high-level convergence is currently ongoing at Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre.

The objectives of the forum are to bring together the key decision makers in Government, The Private Sector and MSME Umbrella Organisations, Civil Society Organisations and Development Partners to discuss and agree on the way forward for addressing some of the priority issues affecting MSMEs in the Post COVID-19 era, taking into account the possible opportunities offered by the AfCFTA.

In delivering the keynote speech, The Vice President of The Gambia, Dr Isatou Touray said In the Gambia MSMEs contribute approximately 20% of our GDP; thus, as a government we recognize the significant contribution and untapped potential of MSMEs to our country. Therefore, to unleash this potential the MSMEs must be given special attention for their growth and sustainability.

“The MSME sector has been particularly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Recent assessment have shown a significant drop of revenue for these enterprises and some have closed altogether, especially the sole proprietorships” VP stated.

VP Touray noted that is why this forum is important, whilst the Government has taken some measures, it is important that we take sustained actions to get the MSMEs back on track, which is a must if the Gambian economy is to rebound.

She added: “The Government is steadfastly working on developing and consolidating the MSME Eco-System. The formalization of the MSME sub-sector is key in this regard”.

Seedy Keita, Minister of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment noted The Nationwide MSME Mapping Study conducted in 2018 gives an estimated total number of 115,680 MSMEs in the country; of which over 90% operate as sole proprietorships. Over 77% of the said sole proprietors are unregistered making them informal and largely invisible. The same MSME Mapping 2018 estimates that formal MSMEs contribute up to 26% of total employment and up to 20% of GDP; the numbers would surely increase when MSMEs in the informal sector are included.

Minister Seedy Keita added: “I am reasonably convinced that we must all recognise the need to create the enabling environment to support MSMEs formalisation for a sustainable economic growth and development. As government continues to embark on the reforms to enhance their competitiveness with the support of UNDESA, we are reviewing the institutional and regulatory environment to ensure their optimum output”.

Amason Sinda, Under- Secretary, UNDESA pointed out that MSMEs can contribute to economic growth and stabilize growth.

“Coherent policy is need to formalized MSMEs formalization in the country. The impact of COVID-19 in the economy is severe, adding that It is also imperative that policy promoting MSMEs should also be digitalized and as well as knowledge sharing in the sub-sector”.

Edrissa Mass Jobe, President, Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) said MSMEs are not only as agents for development and they are also the key beneficiaries of inclusive development. In the Gambia they are the main drivers of employment, facilitating income generation, poverty eradication and reduction of inequality for the majority of the population and including disadvantaged groups.


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The Gambia Standards Bureau under the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment wish to inform suitably qualified Gambians to fill in the following vacancy positions at its bureau located in Kotu East, Serekunda :






You can kindly access all detail descriptions and Terms of Reference of all positions on the link: https://tgsb.gm/2020/10/24/vacancy-announcement/

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Closing date for applications is: FRIDAY, 30th OCTOBER, 2020 at 12.30 PM.


The Government of The Gambia, through the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment in collaboration with Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Agriculture intends to procure rice for COVID 19 food support to vulnerable Gambian farmers.

This is to inform the general public that, the tender opening for the procurement of rice for COVID-19 food support to vulnerable Gambian farmers which was slated for the 21st October 2020. The committee decided to hold an in-door bid opening due to the large number of bidders, and to adhere the COVID-19 rules and regulations. The Committee has received over 270 bidders to date and more is expected before the deadline of 21st October 2020.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation and assure you of a fair and transparent process.


Chairperson Contracts Committee

Ministry of Trade, Industry

Regional Integration & Employment

Independence Drive, Banjul


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The Department of Labour under the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment on Wednesday, 7th October 2020 inaugurated the recently established unit for job consulting at a ceremony held at Department of Labour complex in Fajara.

The building was renovated by IOM under the project “Bridging together youth, Diaspora and local authorities for an integrated approach to promote employment and address irregular migration in The Gambia” funded through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.

Mr Hassan Gaye, Deputy Permanent Secretary, for Industry, Investment and Employment said the opening of the first public job center in the country is a significant achievement in strengthening employment service in the country. This will provide job seekers access to facilities in search of a job.

“I am personally grateful to the IOM for the giant strives they are making in addressing the root cause of unemployment in The Gambia. Since the presence of the IOM in the country, significant progress has been registered by the organization in various interventions ranging from skills training, Entrepreneurial training, reintegration and settlement of returnees amongst others with the ambition to curb unemployment, especially migrant returnees and young entrepreneurs,” DPS Gaye stated.

Nyallow Barrow, Commissioner of Labor said the renovated job center by IOM will complement Gambia government efforts in tackling unemployment. The job center will cater for career counselling for job seekers and migrant returnees.loyment in the country.

Gaye pointed out that the Public Employment Service domiciled at the Department of Labour will go a long way in addressing the unemployment rate by providing labour market information in this country. I have no doubt both employers and potential employees will grab the opportunities that will be availed to them by this service.

DPS Gaye further said: “ The Government of the Gambia will ensure that Private Employment Agents (PEA) register with the Public Employment Service to ensure proper checks and balances on their activities. Once the Public Employment Service is fully operational, all Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) will be using this service for vacancy advertisements. Links will be provided for user-friendly online assistants for job applicants, skills matching and the linkage of employers and potential employees.”

Nyallow Barrow, Commissioner of Labor said the renovated job center by IOM will complement Gambia government efforts in tackling unemployment. The job center will cater for career counseling for job seekers and migrant returnees.

Fumiko Nagana, Chief of Mission, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said the job center will do much-needed career counseling for potential job seekers, adding that this will address government readiness to curb unemployment in the country.