BAKAU, GAMBIA, December 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- In light of Gambia's recent move to cut off trade relationships with Taiwan, there has been considerable pressure on the import/export market between Gambia and China. This tension will quickly dissipate if Tarek Kalil Musa has anything to do with it. Tarek Kalil Musa is a Gambian entrepreneur and founder of TKXPORT, a leading construction and heavy machinery importer with major trade contacts in China. Tarek Kalil Musa founded TKXPORT in 2004. TKXPORT is his second company; Tarek Kalil Musa is also the founder of the prominent automobile manufacturer representation agency TKMOTORS, the company representing Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Ashok Leyland, and JAC Motors in the Gambian market.
Gambia cut off trade with Taiwan recently because of a long-established conflict between Taiwan and China. In order for Gambia to maintain trade relations with China, there was no political or economic possibility of recognizing Taiwan, as the two territories exist in oppositional relationship to each other. Tarek Kalil Musa
's company, TKXPORT, relies on China for the majority of its imports. Most of the construction materials, machinery, spare parts, and even food that Tarek Kalil Musa's company imports comes from China. The products are then exported from Gambia to other African countries.
Because of this trade conflict, Tarek Kalil Musa considers it more important than ever to foster trade relationships with China. "Gambia will really struggle economically if we aren't trading with China. Our import/export balance with China is a critical part of the Gambian economy. My company, for one, would certainly suffer if we lost China as a trading partner," said Tarek Kalil Musa
. Indeed, noted Tarek Kalil Musa, "TKXPORT would need to establish all new trade relationships with another country if we were to lose China as a trading partner. We hardly import from anywhere else at this moment." China indeed has been showing greater and greater export levels over the last several fiscal years, and TKXPORT has been part of fostering that export culture.
While Tarek Kalil Musa does not have an inside line on this trade decision, the current situation seems to indicate that the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh chose to cut trade relationships with Taiwan even though there was not currently pressure from China to do so. However, the situation suggests that President Jammeh may have made the decision to alter trade agreements in order to protect Gambia's relationship with China. For Tarek Kalil Musa
, this has been a business saving decision that resolved a potentially damaging situation.
Compared to many other companies, Tarek Kalil Musa's company does not have a trade relationship with China that is large enough to influence the global economy, but the tensions between Taiwan and China have the potential to have global implications. "We may not be a big business," says Tarek Kalil Musa, "but I view it as my responsibility to be a good ambassador for Gambia in our relationship with China. Anything that will have a positive impact on the larger trade situation seems to me to be a beneficial decision." To that end, Tarek Kalil Musa
plans to pursue an increased import volume from China through TKXPORT.About:
Tarek Kalil Musa is an entrepreneur based in Gambia. His businesses focus on car manufacturer representation and construction imports and exports.