Exhibitors applaud regional youth trade fair organisers

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Young entrepreneurs who exhibiting their products and services at the recently ended Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC)-organised trade fair in Lower River Region have applauded the organisers for staging the event in the region.

Held in in Jarra Soma, the seven-day trade fair was funded by EU Trust Fund for Africa through their funded Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) and brought together 40 youth exhibitors.

The main objective of the exhibition was to create space for the young people in the region to exhibit their products and services, network with other enterprises to unlock wealth and boost the economic growth of young people and as well set-up a regional chapter in the region to enable decentralisation of the function of the chamber at the regional level.

The theme for the exhibition was: creating space for youth empowerment to curb youth irregular migration.

Naffisatou Sarr, a fruit seller at the trade fair described the event as successful for them exhibitors and thanked the organisers for the well-organised event. She urged them to stage the exhibition in the region regularly and thanked funders, who she said, want to see young people progress.

Aminata A. Saho, who was engaged in local beverage production, said the trade fair went well for her, particular these days that the climate was hot. She said encouraging young people to venture into business was very important.

Madam Saho appealed to organisers to regularly stage the event in the region in order for people to adopt to it, pointing out that there are young people into business but lack empowerment and thanked the organisers and funders. According to her, young people could do great things when empowered.

Amadou Bah, a second hand clothing and agricultural products seller and a tailor, said sales were not huge for him but the initiative was welcomed. He also joined others in appealing for the initiative to be sustained as it would bring development not only to the region but the country as a whole.

Ousman Suso also urged young people to venture into business, saying it is the carrier of a nation’s economy.

Tie die and seller Yaya Manneh said they need support that would boost their business and ensure they benefit not just themselves but society as a whole as well as ensure they desist from the ‘back-way’ journey to Europe. “We are really pleased with the organisation because they are helping us and not themselves,” he said.

Sanna Darboe, cosmetic and fashion wear seller, said the initiative was meant to empower young people and they hope it benefit a lot of people. He noted that staging it regularly would expose their businesses and also give them the opportunities to network with others.

Biggeh Jammeh, a Churia seller said most of her products were sold and hailed organisers for staying trade fair.

Kaddy Fadera, food items and beverage seller, said the event was meant to help and create opportunities for them, as no business is useless, saying it was the businessman or woman that was useless.