By Adama Tine
The Ministry of Trade, Integration and Employment (MOTIE) recently held its annual work plan and strategy retreat for the 2022 legislative year at Metzy Resorts.
Seedy Keita, Minister of Trade, Integration and Employment advised the ministry’s staff not to be complacent, as they should work hard to reach a higher level.
He said, the trade directorate was set up to tackle issues of basic commodities, adding that he looked forward to measures and strategies being put in place on the emergent contingent in prices.
Ebrima Sisawo, Permanent Secretary at MOTIE said: “this is a retreat where we have opportunities to review our work plan and take stock of the progress that we have made in the implementation of our work plan with gaps and challenges.”
Abdoulie Jammeh, deputy permanent secretary described the retreat as very important and contained a lot of information.
“Once you plan ahead it is like achieving 50% of your work plan. As a sector we should remind ourselves of our mandate. Our task is to create an enabling environment and allow the private sector to lead. Whatever we do we try to create a decent job for the market,” he said.
He therefore encouraged staff to be conscious of their working environment in terms of emerging issues they found themselves as well as regional integration.
“It is no longer a secret that Africa is becoming the biggest creating block and The Gambia should try to situate itself in that reality.
“Having the continental free trade area which brings a cooperation of 1.3 billion people has put Africa in a competitive state comparable to China and India in terms of potential,” he added.