The American Chamber of Commerce-The Gambia, in collaboration with United State Embassy in Banjul yesterday organised a press conference to brief journalists on the annual Global Enterprenuership Week (17th – 24th) celebration, at the UK-US business centre, along the Kairaba Avenue.
The global event, which is celebrated on different themes, is as well celebrated in The Gambia on the theme, ‘The role of the financial sector in the development of the industrial, manufacturing and agricultural sectors of the economy with emphasis on support and encouragement of youth enterpreneurship development’.
Programmes marking the annual event include seminars on various business related topics, press conference and radio programmes. The events will be crowned by the sumptuous AMCHAM Awards Dinner in The Gambia and during the night awards of recognition will be presented to companies and individauls.
Abdoulie M.Touray told journalists that after the Global Enterprenuership Week, the Global Entrepreneurship Seminar will follow and this year it will be held in Mexico where countries across the world will be represented in that global gathering and important issues regarding the entreprenuership field will be discussed.
According to the AMCHAM boss, Africa will be hosting the 2017 Global Enterpreneurship Seminar to be held in Johanesbourg, South Africa, and The Gambia is part of the steering committee. “Thus, the expectation on Africa hosting that global event is immense, and hosting the world event is not the only expectation”.
Touray went on: “We need to celebrate entreprenuers because they create wealth and it is wealth that is used to fight against poverty and everyone can attest that the major threat to our human existence is poverty. This is why there is a global combat to fight against poverty. What we observed is that innovation and enterprenuers are not taught in our schools and that is a concren because there is a mindset change in most parts of the world where students are allowed to create products and services when they are in school so that the moment they graduate from school they are enterprises of their own and that reduces unemploment and make differeces for humanity”.
Kebba T. Njie, chief executive officer of AMCHAM, said the Chamber has been doing a lot to support Gambian youths into enterprenuership. This, he said, is the reason Chamber of Commerce with line stakeholders, deemed it fitting to observe the Enterprenuership Week every year so that young people will be opportune to inspiration and mentorship by their own successful Gambian enterprenuers.
Thus, he enjoined the young people of this country to materialise and take ownship of the weeklong programmes by attending it.
Alieu Jallow and David Jeng, both members of the organising committee, spoke at the ocassion.
Jallow, who is also the coordinator of the Start-up Incubator Gambia Project which will be launch during this Global Eneterprenuership Week, said the project is specifically for young aspiring enterprenuers. With funding from the US embassy, he disclosed, the project trained many young people in the country and most of them now set up their businesses.