week long entrepreneurship boot camp on business plan development and food
processing organised by Gold Award Holders Association (GAHA) in partnership
with Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC) has recently concluded at the
President’s International Award in Bakau.
The European Union (EU) funded Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) boot camp brought together 85 young people.
Chief executive officer of Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce Baboucarr Kebbeh said they want a Gambia where young people are trained and well-informed to establish their own businesses and interact with customers.
Abdou Bojang, chief executive officer of Jama School of Food Processing and Preservation who was the lead trainer of the camp urged participants to be innovative and appealed to parents not to question or discourage their children when they want to start businesses but rather encourage them.
Executive Director of the President’s International Award Sainey Drammeh described entrepreneurship as an activity in which a business person should be ready to face challenges.
He observed that Gambia always experiences serious wastage during the fruit season due to the lack of processing facilities and training.
Executive Director of the National Youth Council Lamin Darboe challenged young people to be committed and determined to be job creators and not job seekers.
Rymond Moser, project manager of the European Union funded Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) said business and entrepreneurship skills can help develop young people. He described knowledge and skills as the real value of the 21st century and urged participants to utilize the knowledge gained from the camp.