By Olimatou Coker
The Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce and its partners are looking to organise a week-long entrepreneurship training for over 100 young people.
Together with the Gambia Gold Award Holders’ Association (GAHA) and the JAMAA School of Food Processing and Preservation, the initiative seeks to target young people in Senior Secondary Schools, school drop-outs and award participants.
In an exclusive interview with the The Standard, the Chief Executive Officer of the GYCC, Baboucarr Kebbeh, said the country is challenged with numerous issues surrounding youth empowerment and unemployment coupled with the recent deportation crisis including rural urban drift.
According to him, these issues are a clear manifestation of how challenged our country is.
“The demand for more decent jobs, self-dependence and self-employment has been the core of the calls made by our young people,” he said.
Mr Kebbeh said these and other factors precipitated the need for skills enhancement among young people in order to create self-employment.
“The week long Training will focus mainly on the following:
Understanding the basic concept of entrepreneurship;
Generating business idea, business plan development, customer-care and marketing, record keeping & basic accounting and food processing & preservation.”
According to the Chief Executive, the main goal of the week-long training is to create self-employment opportunities for Gambians in order to reduce the dependency ratio among young people.
He explained that specific objective is to enhance skills necessary to become a good entrepreneur.