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GYCC youth entrepreneurs exhibition slated

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By Omar Bah The Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC) in partnership with NEDI, GEP and SSHFC will host a youth entrepreneur’s expedition next month for hundred Gambian young entrepreneurs all over the country The event is expected to be held at the youth monument at Westfield. The exhibition, according to the GYCC executives, is part of initiative to respond to the adoption of the youth charter, which is envisaged to ensure youth are highly involved in all development processes at national, regional, continental and international levels. “The Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC) is the umbrella body and voice of youth entrepreneurs in the country committed to advocating for the creation of the enabling environment for young people to prosper in their businesses,” GYCC president, Ismaila Sambou told journalists last Friday at the NEDI conference hall. He said the exhibition is meant to facilitate a vibrant, robust, functional, sustainable and competitive youth-led micro enterprise private sector that will create jobs, generate wealth and contribute to the GDP through innovative intervention mechanisms. “As youth we envisage to be seen as innovators and not always beneficiaries. We want to be partners in development with the aim of walking the talk as the energy holders,” he said. He continued: “GYCC, in line with contemporary trends and global best practices, aims at fostering and facilitating the social inclusion, sustainable mainstreaming and active participation of Gambian youth entrepreneurs in the country’s economic space through constructive policy advocacy and strategic engagement”. He said the April youth exhibition, being the first to be held in the Gambia, will need the participation of all stakeholders to ensure its success for greater prospects in the future. “In an effort to facilitate an effective layout of the exhibition as organizer the GYCC believes it will be in the best interest of the exhibition, for the reallocated stand space to be not more than 10% greater or less the space which has been booked,” he explained. The GYCC executive director Babucarr Kebbeh said the youth entrepreneur’s exhibition week will avail the participants the opportunity to showcase their products in a different platform and as well availed them with networking opportunities. He said each participant will pay registration fees of D1000 dalasi for the exhibition. The program manager of NEDI Mustapha Badjie whiles reassuring the GYCC executive of his organization continued support, urged them to continue their commitment in ensuring that they achieve the objectives that are enshrined in their vision.]]>

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