Policies supporting export of Gambian Goods and Services including in cultural and creative sectors

Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA) under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Employment
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

The relevant policies are:

a. Gambia National Export Strategy 2013-2017
b. GIEPA Act 2015

They aim to:

* Leverage market access for cultural goods and services and develop human capacity in trade especially export of cultural goods,
* Improve quality and standard infrastructure,
* Promote the development of packaging and labelling to meet international market requirements.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The Gambia National Trade Fair was established as an annual event to help boost export of cultural goods and services among others.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner
Ministry of Trade
Gambia Standards Bureau
Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry
European Union
Various embassies
University of the Gambia
Gambia Tourism Board
National Centre for Arts and Culture
Women’s Bureau
Gambia Manufacturers Association
Gambia Music Union
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

a. Donor funding is essential for the successful implementation of the National Export Strategy and the achievement of its goals and objectives.
b. Such funding is imperative because it is a bridge finance that is intended to address the short-fall between the cost of the National Export Strategy and Government funding.
a. The Strategy should be revised and updated to take into consideration trade in the creative and cultural sectors, especially in music and other performing arts where there is a lot of exportable youth talent.

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
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