Doing Business with Senegal and The Gambia

In the past years, Senegal has been growing impressively at a pace of 6%. From 2021 on, the country is planning to be engaged in the production of oil and gas. The neighboring country Gambia can be reached in 5 hours by plane from middle Europe and is also undergoing promising developments in key sectors such as agriculture, agro-processing and digitalization. Experts from Senegal, The Gambia and Europe will present project examples of both countries in those sectors and describe which potentials they have for successful export or investments from European companies.

The event will be held virtually on January 14, 2021 from 1pm to 3pm.

The registration is already closed. Kindly contact subsahara-afrika@reutlingen.ihk.de.

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14 Jan 2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Contact

If you need further information, kindly contact Simone Iltgen at ez-scout@reutlingen.ihk.de (EZ-Scout Program of GIZ on behalf of BMZ).

If you wish to have further information on the Africa events and network activity of the Reutlingen Chamber of Commerce and Industry, please find them at the following link: Global Business Network of the Reutlingen Chamber of Commerce and Industry and overview competence center Subsahara-Africa.

Program and Cooperation Partners

Kindly note: The presentations at this event will be held in English.

This event is implemented in cooperation with the Belgium Luxembourg Gambia Chamber of Commerce (BLGCC), A-Law International Law Firm, the Delegation of the German Industry and Commerce in Ghana (AHK Ghana), the EZ-Scout Program of GIZ, the GBN Program of GIZ and the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Welcome words by Mr. Martin Fahling, Managing Director International Trade at Reutlingen Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Overview Senegal:

  • Noémie Simon, AHK Ghana
  • Doudou Thiaw, APIX Promotion des Investissements et Grands Travaux Sénégal

Overview The Gambia:

  • Thomas de Beule, President of the Belgium – Luxembourg – Gambia Chamber of Commerce (BLGCC) and Head C&M, Corporate & Management, A-Law
  • Momodou Lamin Sowe, Director Investment Promotion & Facilitation at Gambia Investment & Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA)  

Support to German companies:

  • Stephan Kunz, Special Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Short impulse speeches from:

  • Exporting to West Africa - Renner GmbH Kompressoren, Mr. Nfally Jarju
  • Digitalization in Agriculture - Manobi Africa, Mr. Daniel Annerose
  • Digitalization in West Africa - Gründer- und Technologiezentrum Solingen GmbH & Co. KG, Mr. Frank Balkenhol
  • Tropical Foods from The Gambia - Tropingo Foods, Mr. Momar Mass Taal

 

Speakers

Noémie Simon

Noémie Simon

Noémie Simon is a French expert and holds a Master's degree in International Business from Germany. She has successfully implemented international projects and activities in the fields of education, culture, vocational training, energy, environment, food processing industry. She has particular interest and solid experience in the relations between the countries of the EU and West Africa. As a Regional Coordinator for francophone West Africa at the Delegation of German Industry in Ghana (AHK Ghana), she is leading all activities and representing the spectrum of the service portfolio of the Delegation in the francophone countries. She is also in charge of supporting the Competence Centres (Energy & Environment, Private Sector Development, TVET, Mining) in the implementation of projects in the francophone region.
Stephan Kunz

Stephan Kunz

Dr. Stephan Kunz is originally from the carpentry business and holds a PhD in Sociology. He gained experience both in development cooperation and in the private sector in 2002 in the textile, agriculture and food industries. He had an own consultancy to implement quality, social and environmental standards for the international trade and development finance institutes. He then worked with chambers and private companies in Asia. After spending 4 years in a German IT-company, he left for Senegal working as a GIZ project manager for the Special Initiative “Invest for Jobs”.
Thomas de Beule

Thomas de Beule

As the President of the Belgium Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, Mr de Beule draws experience from his in depth knowledge of the business and socio-economical frame work of The Gambia as having lived in the country for over 2 years, after returning to Belgium to join A-Law International Law Firm as the Head Corporate & Management and Head Africa Team in charge of business development for the Law Firm towards the African continent.

Mr De Beule is responsible for the organization of seminars on focus countries for Chamber and Law Firm where the concept is to give a thorough overview of the Legal & Institutional Frame work and key sectors of the country concerned.
Doudou Thiaw

Doudou Thiaw

Mr. Doudou Badiane Thiaw is a Special Advisor to the CEO of the Investment Promotion Agency of Senegal (APIX) on Special Economic Zones (SEZ). APIX is currently developing 4 SEZs in Senegal to boost industrialization, job creation and technology transfer.
Daniel Annerose

Daniel Annerose

Dakar-born Dr. Daniel Annerose is the CEO and founder of Manobi Africa. The company delivers digital solutions and services for businesses, development projects and service providers in Africa’s water and agricultural sectors in 14 African countries by combining geospatial mapping and remote-sensing technologies at scale. He earned a PhD in Biology from France, a Master in Computer Science and is a member of the Senegalese Academy of Sciences and Technology. Dr. Annerose trained and worked as a plant scientist for 18 years, specifically on agricultural yields in arid and semi-arid areas and on mathematical models for predicting yields and anticipating food crises.
Frank Balkenhol

Frank Balkenhol

Frank Balkenhol has been managing director of the Economic Development Corporation Solingen GmbH and Co. KG and the Founder and Technology center Solingen GmbH and Co. KG since 2006. Before, he worked for the state development company in Thuringia, where he developed commercial sites and supported the solar industry in its further development. He then built up regional management in North Hesse and supported it in the areas of location development, marketing and the mobility industry. Frank is an expert in the areas of economic location development, starting from the state and regional level to the local level. He is also an expert in cluster development and urban district development especially in the area of ​​3D technology.




Momarr Mass Taal

Momarr Mass Taal

Momarr Mass Taal is the founder of Tropingo Foods, a Gambian agro-processing and exporting company founded in 2014. Momarr is a social entrepreneur with over 11 years of experience in Canada and The Gambia, starting his first company at the age of 17. Momarr also received global recognition for numerous community initiatives that he spearheaded.
Momodou Lamin Sowe

Momodou Lamin Sowe

Mr. Momodou Lamin Sowe is Director Investment Promotion & Facilitation at the Gambia Investment & Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA). GIEPA is the national agency established by an Act of Parliament in July 2010 responsible for the promotion and facilitation of private sector investments into The Gambia. In offering investor–facilitation services, the Agency acts as investors’ first point of contact provides information on relevant procedures for setting up a business and helps form the necessary contacts for successful business operations.
Nfally Jarju

Nfally Jarju

Gambian-born Nfally Jarju is Area Sales Director Africa at Renner GmbH Kompressoren.