NESSIM Trading Company Ltd – a key player in the Gambian flour and allied food products processing industry was incorporated on 18th August 2014 as a private limited liability company under the Gambia Companies Act 2013 as a Flour Milling and Processing Company. Its asset base stands at Millions of US Dollar consisting of fixed assets and flour milling infrastructure.
NESSIM Flour was inaugurated on 18th February 2018 by the President of the Republic of Gambia – H.E. President Adama Barrow. Following its inauguration, the company commenced business in February 2018. Currently, the company’s daily production capacity is 300 metric tons of wheat, but this can increase to a daily capacity 400 metric tons of wheat under full capacity. The mill is manned by a team of highly trained and skilled professionals working at a high level of efficiency.
NESSIM has from its inception made huge investments in milling technology and human capital to sustain its strategic position and maintain its competitive advantage in the Gambia flour milling industry. To ensure the continued viability and sustainability of our Flour processing in a challenging business environment, NESSIM has also invested heavily in support services in the form of warehousing logistics.
To be the choicest flour and wheat grain processing and distributing company in Gambia in and West Africa.
To process and supply flour and wheat grain products of excellent quality and value to the Gambia and West African market, and in so doing, elevating the living standards of our consumers, customers, the larger communities, employees and other stakeholders.
About the Chairman/MD
As the proprietor of El Hella Trading Company, Mr. Ahmed El Mealy Ould Menan is one of the leading importers of household goods in the Gambia – batteries, tea, coffee and a host of other branded El Hella products. He is also a key shareholder of NESSIM Fish Processing Company.
However, the proprietor has been granted a special Investment Certificate (SIC) by the Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency GIEPA) for the manufacturing, processing and distribution of wheat flour and allied food products with capacity to create employment for more than 120 Gambians in the first five years of operation of the business.
NESSIM Flour Company also enjoys the privilege of ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS) which allows it to freely distribute its flour products around West Africa.
By the Managing Director of NESSIM Trading Company Limited – Mr Ahmed El Mealy during the Occasion of the Formal Inauguration of the Company by His Excellency President Adama Barrow on 18th February 2018
- Your Excellency, President Adama Barrow
- Your Excellency, the First Lady of the Republic of the Gambia
- Your Excellency, Dr Isatou Touray, the Minister of Trade, Employment, and Regional Integration of the Gambia
- Your Excellency, The Mauritania Ambassador to the Gambia, Dr Hassan Awan
- Your Excellency, Lord Mayor OF Banjul, Mayor Abdulai Bah
- All Ministers and Permanent Secretaries here present
- Imam Ratib of Banjul
- Head of the Christian Council
- Members of the Public and Private Sector
- Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
On behalf of my family, the Board of Directors of NESSIM Trading Company, and the employees of NESSIM Milling, I thank you all for honouring our invitation to grace this historic occasion – the Inauguration of NESSIM Trading – Flour Milling Factory. Despite your very tight schedules, you have considered it worthwhile to come and join us here. May The Almighty Allah who has the power to reward people, reward you for your thorough and genuine friendship.
We chose the Gambia to invest in, because the Gambia is our home. Mauritania and Gambia have been brothers for ages, and that will continue for eternity. Your Excellency, we have invested a total sum of 14 Million US Dollar into this noble project. The journey to establishing NESSIM Milling was not an easy one, but the support of your government, especially GIEPA’s support, NEA, Department of Land, the Lord Mayor of Banjul, as well as the determination and hard work of all employees of NESSIM Trading Company, have made this project a success.
We embarked on this project, not purposely for profit making, but rather humane, to develop the Gambia production market, export trade, and create employment for the Gambia youths. We have a lot of demands to meet. We have promises to fulfil towards the youth, and commitments to the Gambia market and beyond. Your Excellency, we cannot archive this without your government’s support. For the Milling factory or any local industry to be sustainable, there should be government protection.
For us to meet the demands of our banking partners, investors, and the people of the Gambia, we need to produce 300 tons of wheat or more everyday, and we need to sell 90% of what we produce daily. That is a target that we must reach to be able to meet our commitments. Your Excellency, we will not be able to do that, if there is no protection on wheat flour market. Protection of local industries is a win-win situation for the Government and the local industries – the government get more revenue. Increase in tax will enable the local industries to sell their goods and services at ease.
I wish to specially thank the management of the Gambia Ports Authority, the Gambia Revenue Authority, and the Commissioner-General of Customs Services for all the services and support provided to the NESSIM Trading Company.
Once again, I thank H.E. President Adama Barrow and all distinguished guests for gracing this occasion. Long live the Republic of the Gambia. Amen.
Mr Ahmed El Mealy
MD, NESSIM Trading Company