5th Edition

TAFCON 2020

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Objectives In Mind

As part of the recommendations of TAFCON 2018, more market and investment opportunities should be provided to ensure our regional and global economic competitiveness . The Gambia recently won the “2019 Best Tourism Destination of The Year” by Sonnenklar.tv in Germany, and has been attracting tourists from all over the world. Tourism contributes to approximately 30% of our Gross Domestic Product. TAFCON will highlight the need to build a resilient tourism sector for The Gambia and recommend ways for which the government can forge more partnerships. This is especially in light of the cease in operation of Thomas Cook, one of the most frequent tourist passenger flights with over 50,000 tourists to the Gambia every year. Furthermore, the conference would also discuss means of accelerating more opportunities in the Information Technology industry and its significance to the growth of the different sectors of the country. In addition, there would be discussions on Gender Based Violence, stereotyping in our workplaces and society, and the need to break social norms for a prosperous Gambia.

● To provide a forum for key stakeholders such as government officials, youth groups, NGO's, the private sector, development partners, entrepreneurs and community activists to share information and ideas on the development of our tourism and innovative s
Inspire the youth, the physically disabled, and other vulnerable groups, to engage meaningfully in the Gambia, whilst at the same time exposing them to opportunities for career growth/development through a job fair.
● We would graduate the first cohort of the TAF Leadership Academy which is a year-long rigorous leadership and mentorship training program for young people. This Academy seeks to graduate 1000 young leaders in the next 5 years.
● Share the work of TAF Africa Global and its engagement in Social issues through its Foundation.
Suggesting a topic Topics at TAFCON 5th Edition, 2020

We are currently accepting requests for topics at the TAF Conference of 2020. But before making suggestions, take a quick glance at our previous topics to have an idea of what we might be interested in. They should be provocative and current topics.

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Issues at hand

This annual conference will be a networking and knowledge sharing platform. It will address emerging and pressing issues within the continent and how the different sectors in the Gambia can tap into those avenues to develop her economic and social issues. Furthermore, it will provide an avenue for policy and institutional reforms to be made, building and opening up to more partnerships within and outside the continent, and empower the youthful population of the Gambia. The Conference would further highlight areas that the Gambia can tap into while looking at our natural resources, human capital, and the challenges that come with it.

i) It is therefore essential that investment be made into The Gambia’s human capital to strengthen our institutions and provide more opportunities for her citizens. In addition, effective and efficient citizens’ participation in all national issues is qu
ii) Have a comprehensive conversation about the role and importance of technology in several strategic industries in The Gambia. While the Gambia has made some strides over the years, our industries can be significantly improved to make us more competitiv
iii) The government is the basic provider of services and the protection of the lives of citizens and their welfare. This however needs the collective cooperation of every stakeholder to ensure social cohesion prevails. This would require the government t
iv) Engage in a constructive conversation around the key societal challenges that impede our abilities to compete at a regional level, and ways we can mitigate them while maintaining our identity as Gambians. These issues include; The Challenges faced by
v) The diaspora plays a critical and crucial role in not only the economic advancement of the country, but on different development areas. Therefore, more engagement platforms should be provided to this community, not only focusing on the remittances but

Conference Speakers

Abdoulie Badjie
Abdoulie Badjie
Abdoulie Badjie Media and Communication Consultant / International Trade Center

Abdoulie holds a Master of Arts Degree in Media, Communications and Critical Practice from the University of the Arts, London. His final thesis explor...

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Adama Bah
Adama Bah
Adama Bah Chairman / Institute of Travel and Toursim, The Gambia

Adama Bah founded the International Centre for Responsible Tourism-West Africa. It was established as a network of tourism professionals and regional...

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Anta Taal
Anta Taal
Anta Taal Economist/ Mo Ibrahim Fellow / International Trade Center

Anta Taal is an Economist with 11 years of professional experience in International Development, Trade & Investments, Public Private Partnerships and...

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Awa Mary Lowe-Khan
Awa Mary Lowe-Khan
Awa Mary Lowe-Khan Founder and CEO / The Woman Boss

Awamary is the Founder + CEO of The Woman Boss; a global creative space for women and girls by women, where they curate, collaborate, engage and learn...

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Cherno Jagne
Cherno Jagne
Cherno Jagne Inventor / Ebrada

Born and raised in The Gambia. Cherno Jagne attended Gambia High School, then college at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, majo...

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Dr Ismaila Badjie
Dr Ismaila Badjie
Dr Ismaila Badjie Founder and CEO / Innovarx Global

Dr. Ismail D. Badjie was born in Banjul, The Gambia and raised in New York in his early childhood before returning home to complete his schooling at N...

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Fatou Bom Bensouda
Fatou Bom Bensouda
Fatou Bom Bensouda Chief Prosecutor / International Criminal Court

Dr Fatou Bensouda is the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, having been elected in 2011 by consensus by the Assembly of States Part...

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Harona Drammeh
Harona Drammeh
Harona Drammeh Founder/ CEO / Paradise TV/FM

Harona Drammeh is the Founder and CEO of Paradise FM/TV, one of the biggest multimedia companies in The Gambia. He did his O 1994 & A levels in 1996 a...

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Honorable Fatou Kinteh
Honorable Fatou Kinteh
Honorable Fatou Kinteh Minister / Women’s Affairs, Children and Social Welfare

Fatou Kinteh attained a B.A. in Sociology and History. She returned home to join the Gambia Family Planning Association for seven years and rose throu...

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Mansata Kurang
Mansata Kurang
Mansata Kurang Founder / VR Revival

Mansata Kurang is a Mathematician and Creative Technologist and the purpose driven Founder of VR Revival, a 360-degree VR application to help alleviat...

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Ngoneh Paneh
Ngoneh Paneh
Ngoneh Paneh Adviser on Tourism and Creative Industries / International Trade Center

Ms Ngoneh Panneh studied Travel & Tourism from Advance Diploma, to Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma in The Gambia. She Joined t...

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Oumie Sise- Salleh
Oumie Sise- Salleh
Oumie Sise- Salleh Assistant Manager / Discovery Tours

Oumie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2005 from Cape Breton University in Canada, followed by a Master’s Degree in 2007 (MS...

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Pastor Francis Forbes
Pastor Francis Forbes
Pastor Francis Forbes Founder / The Abiding Word Ministries

Francis Forbes attained his primary & secondary school leaving certificates here in The Gambia and proceeded to pursue his university education in Nig...

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Sait Matty Jaw
Sait Matty Jaw
Sait Matty Jaw Lecturer / University of The Gambia

Sait Matty Jaw is a Political Science lecturer and researcher at the University of The Gambia focusing on Gambian Politics. Over the past fifteen ye...

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Expectations for TAFCON. 2020!

WE'RE ALWAYS TRYING TO RAISE THE BAR. LISTED BELOW ARE A FEW ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR THE CONFERENCE.

i) Renew and re-energize the commitments and promises made by the government and other development partners during the last TAFCON especially on the Sustainable Development Goals and the National Development agenda.

ii) Provide recommendations and forge new mechanisms for partnership for our Tourism sector, gender based issues, and Information technology advancement.

ii) The announcement of winners for the 2nd TAF Start-Up competition, the biggest annual youth pitching competition in the Gambia.