(Issue, Monday - 29 October 2018)
Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in collaboration with International Labour Organisation (ILO) have concluded a five-day capacity building training for 30 young business entrepreneurs on business development.
The training held at the GCCI Kerr Jula office along Bertil Harding Highway was targeted to strengthen management skills of the young entrepreneurs to improve their business and business skills.
International Labour Organisation senior specialist for employers’ activities Julie Kazagui thanked GCCI for engaging into the ambitious programme to promote entrepreneurship, saying by doing this, GCCI will contribute to the expansion of the Gambian economy through support to the creation and development of dynamic small businesses that are structured and viable.
According to her, the initiative is fully consistent with the strategic priorities for Africa identified by the ILO for the next two years which is coherent and integrated employment creation that targets youth, women, rural areas and informal economy workers and promote entrepreneurship and enterprise development among others. “ILO has helped to build and strengthen business development services organizations for small and medium-sized enterprises in more than 100 countries through a wide range of tools for business management training and the development of business support services.”
She said ILO presents support to GCCI is to enable the organisation to effectively and sustainably deliver Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) training and related activities to entrepreneurs.
Sulayman Joof, manager pf SM Joof Agency Service Provider said many young people aspire to do business but said without the required skills and knowledge, it will be difficult to do business especially within these difficult times. He urged the participants to utilise every knowledge given to them in order to be successful.
“Business is not only about having money and making profit. It is about improving your skills so that your business could be able to grow for you to employ and contribute your quota to national development.”
Director of business development at GCCI, Sarata Conateh spoke at length on the significance of the training, noting that they have been with ILO even when it was difficult for programs to be held in West Africa. “The main objectives of business are sustainability. Therefore, with the necessary skills and knowledge you will be able to improve your business.”