newly appointed deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports
Lamin Camara has revealed that the National Youth Agribusiness and tourism
Expos 2018 will be held between 8-18October.The event targets 200 youth
entrepreneurs across the country.
“My Ministry is very happy that National Youth Agribusiness and Tourism Expos is organized to address the needs of these young entrepreneurs to Create space for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) support, Promotion of “Made in Gambia Products” at a broad based level, Promote Agribusiness industry of the country, Enhanced better networking and connectivity amongst youth entrepreneurs and Boast confidence of start-ups in the commercial sector of the Gambia,” PS Camara said.
He added that, “government believe that Entrepreneurship is the most sustainable means of creating employment, which has great potentials in addressing the root causes of irregular migration.”
“We need synergy as partners and thanks to GYCC for bringing us together as partners and hope you will help us all to synergize and make more impact and reach out to the Youth, “ Raimund Moser, project Manager of the European Union funded Youth Empowerment Project (YEP)said.
He said they are also giving out mini-grant to help youth access finance up to D47, 000 and a mini-loan will be launching soon to give more business access to finance. ”We are glad because 75% of participants will be from the Rural Gambia, we are so much passionate supporting rural youth,” he said, adding that, “We are currently doing a 6 months incubation program for youth and provide the graduants seed money up to 80,000 through our P2RS for youth.”
“The event is significant for us and we are more than happy to support,” Banki Njie, business development officer at NEMA project said.
“Our objective is to accelerate agricultural development, ranging from Access to markets, access to rice fields etc, we had poultry interventions through P4P Ll for support,” FASDEP representative Ali Jawo said.”We happy to associated with this event, this is important to us because it directly part of our interventions, we had supported the 2017 exhibition and we will be supporting again,” he said.