GYCC convenes synergy to encourage market linkages for youth in agri-business

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC) Tuesday and Wednesday, held a synergy for young Gambian entrepreneurs, with the target to encourage market linkage for youth in the agri-business, fashion and service sectors within the Greater Banjul Area.

Chief Executive Office, Baboucarr Kebbeh said the synergy key challenges that Gambian young entrepreneurs are facing is the market and its linkages, saying they expect participants to be able to connect to fellow entrepreneurs and to boost their businesses in order to supply their products to hotels and restaurants.

Ismaila Sambou, GYCC board president said micro, small and medium size enterprises contributes 20 percent of Gambia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with 70 percent of the sector being composed of self-employed people.

Mr Sambou said part of the GYCC agenda is to reduce unemployment, observing that starters play an important role in the economy and entrepreneurship is seen as a key sector within the Gambia. He said GYCC seeks to prepare, develop and empower its members.

The National Youth Council (NYC) program manager, Alagie Jarju said entrepreneurs should endeavor to produce and maintain quality of the products that they release to the market.

He said dominating a market lies in knowing what the market needs.  “The Quality you produce should cut across the board. We will ensure that the potential of the members is tapped in the Gambia.”

Marie Madeline Mendy, a participant and an agro food-processing entrepreneur said she expects to develop contacts and improve the quality of her business through the convergence. “To create a bigger market, youths should create jobs instead of being job seekers,” she said.

The Gambia youth chamber of commerce is the voice of young entrepreneurship in the Gambia, which mobilizes young African entrepreneurs in the Gambia to improve their lives.

Author: Jarra Cham