chairman of National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI) has assured young
people that they would continue to create gainful and decent work for them and
women which, he said is exactly in line with the new government National
Development Plan (NDP) 2018-2021 priorities.
Addressing twenty-five young people and women who were participating in a five-day entrepreneurship training in Bansang, Central River Region, Sillah Conateh said under his chairmanship, NEDI has strategically plan on areas of youth productive engagements through series of interventions. “This is as a result of the recognition of the need to evolve pragmatic and workable strategies that will impact positively on the socio-economic challenges confronting Gambian youth and women,” he said.
Funded by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the training seek to transfer essential business management skills to young people and women and link them to partner supports within the country.
He said NEDI will continue to support and complement the efforts of the youth to stay in the country and learn skills and other relevant and sustainable entrepreneurship development.
“We recognised the contribution of our key partners in youth development like YEP, Ministry of Agriculture, (FASDEP, GCAV, NEMA) Department Community Development, and all the regional structures, Regional Youth Committees, Department of the Ministry of Youth and Sport.”
General Manager of NEDI Abass Bah said at the level of the youth and sports ministry, they will do all they can to ensure that young peoples’ interest is met through various partnerships, including government support.
“We want to ensure that young people are provided with opportunities to go in to entrepreneurship in line with the National Development Plan,” he said.
He said NEDI’s basic role is to ensure that young Gambians own their businesses, create employment and employ other young people, saying that will always be there to support young people in their endeavors of becoming successful entrepreneurs. Continue challenging us to support you,” he said.
Central River Region youth committee Omar Jammeh said youth participation in enterprise and entrepreneurship development is very key to national development and called for more investment in youth empowerment and development, saying supporting youth means supporting the future of the country.“Youth are very important component of any development initiative that any country or society venture into, because young people have the energy and ability to change anything,” he said.
He challenged young people to take advantage of the opportunities created for them by the government and its partners.
Deputy Governor of Central River Region Omar Sey said the issue of young people is very high in the agenda of the government, saying, “youth participation in national development is very crucial.”
Organizers say the training will enable the participants to acquire marketable skills for self-employment through creating enterprises and employment.