week long business plan development and food processing entrepreneurship booth
camp have recently concluded at President’s International Award in Bakau.
Funded by the European Union funded Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) and implemented by Gold Award Holders Association (GAHA) in partnership with Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC), the booth camp brought together 85 young entrepreneurs.
Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer Baboucarr Kebbeh said they are yearning for a Gambia where young people are trained and well-informed, telling the participants that they are hoping to see them starting their own businesses soon.
Chief executive officer of Jama School of Food Processing and Preservation and lead trainer of the camp Abdou Bojang urged participants to be innovative and appealed to parents not to discourage their children when they want to start businesses
Sainey Drammeh, executive director of President’s International Awards described entrepreneurship as a challenging activity in which a business person should be ready to face.
He observed that during fruit season in The Gambia, lot of fruits waste due to lack of processing materials and training, saying he was hopeful the camp will help to address that challenge.
Executive Director of National Youth Council Lamin Darboe said young people should be committed and determined to be job creators and job seekers.
Rymond Moser, YEP project manager said business and entrepreneurship skills can help develop young people. He described knowledge and skills as the real value of the 21st century, while urging participants to utilize the knowledge gained during the camp.