Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Monday commenced a two-week Training of
Trainers (ToT) forum on Start and Improve Your Business programme (SIYB) at
their headquarters at Kerr Jula in Bijilo.
Corporate services manager Theresa Diarra said the SIYB programme is an ILO Trademark and currently one of the largest global business management training programmes in over 100 countries. The programme, she said, focuses on starting and improving business as a strategy for creating more and better employment for women and men.
He made reference to the ILO report, which in their Start and Improve Your Business course has trained 15 million people and resulted in start-up of at least 2.65 million new businesses. This, she added, has also led to the creation of close to 9 million jobs worldwide.
“This training will be conducted in collaboration with the International Labour Organization. GCCI considers ILO as a key partner and we appreciate all the projects ILO has assisted us.” she added.
Mrs. Diarra emphasised that the training of trainers programme would enhance and strengthen GCCI’s Business Development Services, thereby contributing to the National Development Plan.
Alieu Secka, chief executive officer of GCCI indicated that 99% of The Gambia’s economy and 90% of most of the developing countries are created by the private sector.
He said at the end of the training, they plan to achieve their business development policies that will support descent job creation, entrepreneurship and encourage the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises.
He said they also target to achieve productive employment and descent work for all. “So once this class is certified, let us also give some more focus on implantation of the skills and theories that we would learn from here,” he said.
Julie Kazagui, a senior specialist for employers’ activities, said the objective of the training is fully consistent with the one of the most strategic priorities for Africa identified by ILO.
“Promoting employment, particularly among youth is a major concern for all countries in the region. This concern is aggravated by the security threat posed by a young, inactive and vulnerable population.”
She said the primary goal of the International Labour Organization is to promote opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.