The Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA), under the EMPRETEC Gambia Project, recently organised a two-day refresher training for Business Development Advisors (BDA) on The Gambian tax system and tax related to small businesses, marketing and sales information sharing.
The two-day training was held at the Entrepreneurship Development Centre at Bakau.
Speaking at the occasion, Momodou Drammeh, EMPRETEC Gambia Project Coordinator, stated that building and strengthening the capacity of Business Development Advisors would contribute to creating public awareness on the overall tax system and in particular tax related to small businesses, with the objective to formalise business operations and enhance growth.
Drammeh thus called on business development service advisers to be steadfast and vigilant in transferring the skills to entrepreneurs for job creation, production and productivity.
Yusupha Kieta, EMPRETEC Training Manager, said record keeping is fundamental in the development of any business and urged entrepreneurs to value regular record keeping. “Record keeping promotes transparency with tax officers and enhance healthy relationship,” he stated.
Ebou Jallow, Deputy Commissioner on Tax Audit at The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), thanked GIEPA for building partnership with relevant stakeholders and creating public awareness on tax system.
He thus called on entrepreneurs to attach great importance to tax compliance in order to ensure growth.
Sadibou Jammeh, Public Relations and Communication Officer at GIEPA, dilated on the importance of marketing and sales in enhancing effective operation and marketing of products.
Jammeh indicated that Business Development Advisors should work with entrepreneurs to promote marketing and sales by exploring, creating market opportunities to enhance delivery of services.
Sainabou Jagne, Internal Audit Manager at GIEPA, opined that proper financial management can help Medium and Small and Micro-Enterprises.