National Youth Trade Fair launched

Friday, July 12, 2019

The youth-led trade expo is targeting 200 exhibitors across the country including women entrepreneurs. The two-week fair, is scheduled from 29th to 12th December to be held at the Independence Stadium, Bakau.

The two-week expo is designed to improve networking among young entrepreneurs, expose businesses as well as create potential space for partnership and expand business linkages.

“This will create good connections between Gambian entrepreneurs and their families abroad and increase the broad base sales of our businesses.”

During the Expo, GYCC and partners will organise side events such as fashion night, business pitching competition, workshops on packaging and packaging competition, made in The Gambia logo competition and food taste competition.

Board president Ismaila Sambou said over 59 million youth are unemployed worldwide and nearly 138 million young are working and yet living in poverty.

Mr. Sambou described this figure as massive waste of potential and a threat to social cohesion of which The Gambia is no exception as youth unemployment rate currently stands at 41.5%.

He highlighted that getting young people into entrepreneurship is not just essential for their future, but for the future of local communities the country and the global society.

Lamin Darboe, Executive Director of National Youth Council (NYC) said GYCC’s efforts have not only led to the establishment of regional chapters, but also includes its annual national youth trade fair.

He commended partners who invest their resources, time and energy to empower young people to become active citizens and self-reliant.

Mr. Darboe said when young people succeed everyone succeed, but that when they fail too, everyone would fail.

Abdoulie Jammeh, Permanent Secretary 2 at the Ministry of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment said for young people to realize their full potential, they will need to be supported and capacitated.

He said his office also shared similar believes that entrepreneurship and private sector development is the way forward and for the country to reduce unemployment numbers.

Author: Fatou B. Cham