Union funded flagship project in The Gambia; Youth Empowerment Project (YEP)
has launched an Information Technology (IT) and digital entrepreneurship component,
targeting at developing the IT sector with a focus on tech start-up support
programme with 25 Gambian tech start-ups.
The launching was held at The Gambia Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) main office at Kerr Jula in Bijilo.
Operation and finance manager Baboucarr Sallah said the YEP is a four-year project that is trying to improve several sectors, including IT, to create opportunities for young medium and small scale enterprises in developing their businesses.
“We initiated this programme to help them move from the level they are currently in, to a more advance one and giving them the opportunity for networking at both local and international levels.”
Mr. Sallah said they are hopeful that those who will be trained under the project will be able to upgrade their businesses, saying that after the training the participants can obtain grants from the project to uplift their businesses and create jobs.
Haifa Ben Salem of the YEP sector and enterprise competitiveness division of enterprises and institution said they want the participants to understand customer needs and to propose a solution that will fit the customer, welcome their basic ability, feasibility and viability.
“After the training, the participants will have the skills to develop and become the next leaders in IT. During the training, each of them will focus on customer needs.
Kara Jagne, a participant from Gamdroit said YEP is doing a great job for them, as it is helping them to establish a company.