Nov 25, 2019, 1:57 PM
(Monday 21 October 2019 Issue)
Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC), in partnership with the European Union funded Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) last week held a week-long training for 40 entrepreneurs on packaging at the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) in Bakau.
The training was held on the theme: Improving and enhancing business start-ups and creating market linkage for local supply.
Baboucarr Kebbeh, chief executive officer of GYCC said the training will increase networking opportunities, business income, business exposure and creation of potential space for partnership and business linkages for participants.
He added that it will help them in improving and enhancing their businesses for economic and sustainable growth.
President, Ismaila Sambou said entrepreneurship system in The Gambia is still struggling on packaging, adding that the platform will empower young entrepreneurs to understand packaging and marketing.
He said the training will also help entrepreneurs to have access to international markets, to reach what is not available to them to enable them to learn and adopt international packaging standards.
Hassan Gaye, director of industry and investment at the Ministry of Trade Industry, Regional Integration and Employment said entrepreneurship is one of the most sustainable means of creating employment, saying it has the potential to address the root causes of irregular migration. He also emphasised the urgent need to link the entrepreneurs to local markets to enable their growth and development.