Gov’t, stakeholders must invest in youths

Monday, January 15, 2018

To realise the youth demographic dividend, government of The Gambia and the private sector must invest in the empowerment and education of young people, says Baboucarr Kebbeh, CEO of The Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC).

Kebbeh was speaking on Saturday during the official opening of a week-long first-ever regional youth exhibition, being staged by his institution in collaboration with stakeholders currently underway in Farafenni, North Bank Region.

He lamented the fact that with over 64% of the population being regarded as youths, out of which 38% are unemployed; signals a worrying concern as it represents a staggering amount of human potential many of which are trapped in poverty  with few opportunities to learn from in life a decent living.

“Creating public entrepreneurship space, places a great hope in empowering our youth in shaping the future of The Gambia, because we the young people are The Gambia”

GYCC, he said, is committed to preparing, developing, nurturing and supporting the establishment of functional youth-led micro enterprises and generate employment opportunities across the country, he said.

“We are entrepreneurs that mobilise young entrepreneurs in The Gambia by improving their future and give them a voice. We advocate for consideration of legislative and other governmental measures affecting trade, commerce and industry of young people.”

He added: “We as young people are hungry for better options, we rejects the status who and demand a better investment in our future. We are claiming our right to a decent living and some of us are willing to take risks to do so.”

Kebbeh made reference to the recent surge in the number of youths taking the Mediterranean route in search of better lives in West.

In addressing the root causes of migrations, he went on that his organisation deems it timely and necessary to create space for young people.

This, he said, includes bridging the opportunity gap to enhance youth empowerment, promote Gambia made products and services to boost national economic growth and provide the market space for small and medium enterprises.
Author: Sheriff Janko