Hel Invest Management International (SIMI) was incorporated
in 1997 to provide consulting, and investment and financial
management services. The firm also offers business
enterprise, and quality management training, as well
as manage an investment fund, and a mutual fund.
extensive variety of services offered by the company
is made possible by a full-time core team of professionals,
complemented by qualified associates. The main team
has diverse backgrounds in various fields including
economics and business management, enterprise development,
agricultural and socio-economic development, financial
management, investment and export promotion and management,
agricultural engineering, and institutional aspects
of energy and water resources management.
SIMI's consultancy services span a range of sectors
such as feasibility and market studies, privatisation,
impact assessment studies, capacity building, project
design appraisal and management, as well as policy formulation
SIMI also provides a variety of investment management
services through the Sa Hel Invest Mutual Fund (SIMF).
The fund provides the means for individual and institutional
investors to participate in the Gambian equity market,
since a stock exchange does not exist in the country.
The project financing services of SIMI are provided
in partnership with local and international sources
of funds and capital, for business development projects
in The Gambia. Thus, SIMI serves as the antenna office
of the Centre for Enterprise Development (CDE) of the
European Union, and helps Gambian companies access EU
funding for companies in ACP countries.
Business Enterprise Courses:
SIMI also provides business education programmes that
are mainly focused on enterprise training. In particular,
the enterprise training programme provides courses in
such areas as customer care, and quality management.
Since its inception, SIMI has been actively involved
in a number of industrial development projects in The
Gambia. Such involvement varied from providing consultancy
services such as feasibility and market studies, to
helping secure project financing from local and international
sources. For example, Sahel Investment was instrumental
to the building of a water bottling plant in The Gambia,
as well as the development of its first private industrial
development zone, and its first Free Zone.