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Empretec Gambia certifies 12 national trainers

Aug 23, 2016, 12:54 PM | Article By: Isatou Senghore-Njie

Twelve young men and women were recently certified as Empretec national trainers after completing a two-year assessment process.

The primary objective of the Empretec project is to unleash the growth potential of micro and small-scale enterprises, provide a comprehensive range of business advisory services, among others.

Speaking on the occasion, Anna Wadda-Taal of the Ministry of Trade and Employment, said the event was “a historic moment” in the advancement of entrepreneurship development in The Gambia.

She said the Empretec model seeks to introduce and propagate the use of entrepreneurial insight and skills that will transform economic activities to stimulate economic growth, create employment opportunities, reduce poverty and lay a foundation for a sustainable and all inclusive industrial development.

Abdoulie Jallow, chairman of the project steering committee of EMPRETEC Gambia, said the successes registered so far under the project have been tangible and impactful.

More than 1,100 Gambians have been trained and the project has a special focus on youth and women, most of whom have undergone a high degree of transformation to take charge of their economic destinies by becoming entrepreneurs.

Ade Mamongane Lekoetje, UNDP country representative, said the primary objective of the project is to unleash the growth potential of micro and small-scale enterprises.  It also seeks to bring transformational change in entrepreneurial skills training and to provide a comprehensive range of business advisory services.

She explained that Empretec Ghana and UNCTAD has worked with GIEPA to register giant successes in all the four components of the project including strengthening the institutional capacity of GIEPA on enterprises development.