least twenty-three young entrepreneurs, who undergone three-weeks creative
business entrepreneurship training at The Gambia Training and Hospitality
Institute (GTHI) have been certified last Wednesday.
Organised by the National Center for Arts and Culture (NCAC) with funding from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the training was designed to enhance youth’s entrepreneurial skills for greater development.
Sutay Jawo, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture said The Gambia government attaches great importance to the promotion and development of the country’s creative industry. “In short, the term cultural or creative industry describes the economic activities of artists, arts and cultural entrepreneurs for both profit and not for profit.”
Jawo acknowledged that Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of The
Gambia, providing economy and employment for youth.
He recalled that from 2015 to 2018, it was estimated that the sector grew in exports from about 15 Million to 33 Million dalasi in GDP forecast.
Hassoun Ceesay, acting director general of NCAC said the training was part of the government development agenda as stated in the National Development Plan regarding youth empowerment and skill acquisition. “This graduation should be seen as just part of NCACs contribution to the realization of the agenda and to help youth acquire skills to be empowered.”
Ngoneh Panneh, national consultant on Tourism for Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) said it is good to see public sector, international institutions and the private sector coming together to create a network for entrepreneurship skills development.