Director of The Gambia National Youth Council Lamin Darboe has been elected as
vice President (Africa) at the Organisation of Islamic Corporation (OIC) Youth
Forum General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey. He will serve in the position for
the coming four years.
“We would to like extend special thanks to delegates from Asia and Arab regions who voted for him, particularly the African delegation with membership from Uganda, Mozambique, Djibouti, Chad, Niger, Cote voire , Sénégal , Mali, Guinéa Bissau, Guinéa , Morroco, Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Nigeria, Niger, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Somalia, and Comoros,” NYC wrote on their website last week.
The Council expressed appreciation to the Government of Turkey for the solidarity and support. Other elected representatives from the African Region are: Halilou Moussa – Niger as board member; Caramba Baio - Guinéa Bissau for finance committee and Amara Conte - membership committee.
The new development follows acting executive chairperson of African Youth Commission (AYC) coming to The Gambia for a five-day engagement with authorities and youth leaders ahead of Gambia’s hosting of the 3rd Africa Youth Conference on African Unity and development in March, next year.
Meanwhile, The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), in partnership with the Social Development Fund (SDF) and partners has also launched a Mini Loan Scheme for young entrepreneurs under the age of 35. This came to address the challenges of inadequate access to finance by young entrepreneurs in the Gambia.
With this scheme, youth-led micro, small and medium sized enterprises in The Gambia can access mini loans between D150, 000 to D450, 000 at both individuals and group enterprises through SDF.
The scheme follows the successful launch and implementation of the YEP Mini Grant scheme launch at NaYCONF 2017 in Basse, which is providing young starts -up with seed grants of up to D47,000. “We would like to appreciate the efforts of YEP, MOYS, MOTIE, NACCUG and SDF and all partners supporting young entrepreneurs in the Gambia.
Source-National Youth Council.”