First National Youth Agribusiness, Tourism Expo ends

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The maiden National Youth Agribusiness and Tourism Expo organized by The Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC) came to an end on Sunday at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

The seventeen-day youth expo attracted 114 young entrepreneurs from across the country. The expo accords participants the opportunity to market their products and services, network, learn from one another and work on avenues to improve business growth.

 During the expo, GYCC also organized side events such as youth-stakeholder dialogue, youth trade and agribusiness forum, workshop on packaging, product branding essentials, export requirement and food safety including pitching contest, fashion night and musical performances, among other events.

   Baboucarr Kebbeh, GYCC chief executive officer thanked all participants for making th event a success. He expressed satisfaction with the feedback they’ve received from participants.

The expo, he went on, further demonstrate that Gambian youth are ambitious and have something to offer to the nation and the entire world.

He thanked the European Union funded Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) for being the main and sole sponsor of the event.

Vice president of GYCC Board of Directors, Adama Beyai said young people have strong believed in themselves and are ready for the task ahead. She, however, stressed the need for support and encouragement.

Representing the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), Fatou Jallow-Mbenga expressed with delight in partnering with GYCC, further expressing their resolve to continue partnering with people and institutions in their drive to empower young people of the Gambia. 

“For us at YEP, it is not only about giving you a market place to exhibit and sell your products and services, but more importantly for you to be able to network,” she told participants.

Assan Gaye from the Ministry of Trade said he was impressed with what he seen, saying the move is in line with his ministry’s policies.  Gaye thus called on micro-business owners to reinforce their businesses while expressing his ministry’s readiness to continue collaborating with stakeholders in promoting entrepreneurship.

Alfu M. Sarr, a participant in delivering the vote of thanks described entrepreneurship as a life-long journey, saying that in business they can network together to change their lives and lives of others and create employment opportunities.

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb