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Gambia

Association of Small Scale Enterprises in Tourism (ASSET)

The Association of Small Scale Enterprises in Tourism (ASSET) was established in April 2000 in order to bring together, advocate for, and promote a large number of small enterprises that were active in the tourism industry in The Gambia.

These businesses include craft market vendors, tourist taxi drivers, official tourist guides, juice pressers and fruit sellers as well as a number of small hotels, guest houses and ground tour operators etc.

Within five years ASSET has attracted more than eighty organisations into membership, has hosted an international conference on Fair Trade in Tourism, has been recognised by the Gambia Tourism Authority (GTA) as an important voice for the previously voiceless and has become a leading player in the Gambian Responsible Tourism Partnership programme that is being led by the GTA. This programme brings together the principal stakeholders in the tourism industry (government, tour operators, ground handlers, hoteliers and small scale businesses) in order to ensure that the adverse impacts of tourism are minimised and that maximum benefits are gained by local people and their communities.

ASSET's future goals include the training of large numbers of personnel working in tourism, the development and implementation of industry wide standards and the marketing of the diverse and excellent services that are provided by ASSET members.

Off Garba Jahumpa Rd.
P.O.Box 4587 Bakau, The Gambia, West Africa
Tel: +220-449 7675

The Gambia Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Born out of a merger between the then Bathurst Chamber and Gambia Employers Organisation, the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) was established under private law in 1967. The organization is composed of business entities from all sectors of the economy. As a voluntary private sector organization however, membership of the chamber is optional, a setup adopted from the British model of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Having started as a seven member expatriate company organization in pre-independence days, GCCI has now expanded in membership to over a hundred.

Overview of the Gambia Chamber of Commerce

GCCI is a non-political, non-profit making, self-governed, voluntary and private sector organization representing Trade and Commerce, Agriculture, Industry, Transport, Telecommunication services, Banking and Finance. The principal functions of the Chamber are provision of essential business services to the private sector in general and its members in particular, and to advise and influence government in creating a favourable business environment. It also serves as a one stop spot for foreign investors.

GCCI Kerr Jula, Bertil Harding Highway Bijilo
West Coast Region K.S.M.D
P. O. Box 3382
The Gambia
Phone : (+220) 446 3452/ 446 1450