Ms. Ndey Naffie Ceesay

PACA Country Officer in The Gambia

Ndey Naffie Ceesay is an economist by training with a BA in Economics and an MSc in Development. Ms Ceesay has over a decade of experience working in the development field in the public and private sector.

During the twelve (12) years work experience in The Gambia civil service Ms Ceesay was directly involved in the development of the first MSME Policy 2008 in recognition of this group of operators as economic drivers; as well as the restructuring of the defunct Gambia Investment & Promotion and Free Zones Agency to the current Gambia Investment & Export Promotion Agency towards achieving a more focussed private sector driven investment promotion agency.

As an industrial economist at the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration & Employment (MoTIE) Ndey Naffie has represented Gambia Government in different international fora on trade and industrial development and had the opportunity to contribute in the formulation and implementation of of regional and continental Trade and Industry policy documents.

Following transition from  the civil  service Ms Ceesay has served as consultant for:

  • United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in the implementation of the UNIDO/Gambia Country Programme.
  • African Development Bank to Identify, Collect & Classify non-tariff measures
  • UNIDO to assess gender impact of UNIDO/GEF4 Project in The Gambia
  • ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and contributed in the development of The Gambia first RE Investment Strategy

From July 2016 to date Ms Ceesay is serving as Country Officer in The Gambia for the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa [PACA]. This is a flagship program of the African Union Commission’s CAADP which seeks to mitigate aflatoxin contamination along the value chain of identified crops towards the Development of Agriculture, Safeguarding of Health and Promotion of Trade. The program is currently on pilot in six (6) countries