Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma is in neighboring Gambia for a working visit, where he would join President Adama Barrow to launch the Gambia’s first private television station.
President Koroma will commission the West African Insurance Institute building and attend the Institute’s graduation ceremony amongst other engagements.
The parent company of the QTV station, Q-Group has secured licenses to operate a telecommunications company in Sierra Leone, a venture that is expected to create more hundreds of jobs.
The QTV station is a part of the mega QCITY complex, which houses a movie theater, a gym, playground and a restaurant as well in buzzing town 20 miles outside the Gambia’s capital, Banjul.
Gambian businessman Muhammed Jah, who started a small IT company in the early 1990s is behind the project. QuantumNet, the company that he set in motion with four employees, now has more than 300 information technology (IT) professionals on its payroll and, according to his estimates, is worth around $156 million.
The firm, which was one of the West African country’s internet pioneers, gradually expanded into selling products and became a distributor for companies such as Dell, Samsung, and Nokia.
Jah studied Electronics and Communications Engineering at the University of Sierra Leone. Mr. Jah believes there will be more opportunities for young Gambians to build businesses around the fast-growing world of technology.