first regional youth exhibition in The Gambia has ended in Farafenni with
scores of young entrepreneurs showcasing their products.
The event was organised by The Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Youth Empowerment Project with funding from the European Union through the support of the International Trade Centre.
GYCC is operating to prepare, develop, nurture and support the establishment of functional youth-led micro enterprises and generate employment opportunities across the country.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Binta Njie, North Bank Regional youth committee member said the exhibition will create stronger relations and promote networking between different youth entrepreneurs.
Landing Sanneh, general manager of National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI) reminded the delegates to be committed in promoting home-made products.
He said as a viable youth group, they are committed to support young entrepreneurs in the country to maximize their full potentials.
He then challenged delegates to interact and share best practices, saying the forum is not only to make profit but to promote business ideas.
Modou Touray, monitoring and evaluation adviser at Youth Empowerment Project disclosed the project’s commitment to support young entrepreneurs in the country.
According to him, there are several packages meant to support youth development in the country and challenged young people to make best use of them.
Deputising for the governor of North Bank Region, Modou Ceesay said the governor’s office attaches great importance to youth empowerment.
“If young people are not engaged in meaningful activities, they will obviously venture into something that will not be beneficial to them. I challenge development partners to engage young people to participate meaningfully to the socio-economic development of the country,” he said.
According to Mr. Ceesay, government can create the enabling environment that people can take advantage of, adding that no government can create employment opportunities for everyone.