The Young Entrepreneurs Association (YEA) of The Gambia in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) recently commemorated the Global Entrepreneurship Week at the UK-US Business Centre, Sahel Plaza along Kairaba Avenue.
The theme for this year's celebration was; "Entrepreneurship development through information communication technology'. The Global Entrepreneurship Week, which started 18-24 November 2013, is the world's largest celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. In his welcoming remarks, the president of the YEA, Alieu Jallow, informed the gathering that YEA Gambia is a youth-led organization geared towards improving the entrepreneurial skills of young Gambians through its education programmes, research and development.
Jallow further said that entrepreneurship is not only about business but for people to change society, noting that it is very broad in the sense that when one talks about society; entrepreneurship is to change societal problem and turn them to opportunities. He opined that the youths can turn this country to a super power, because there are many things that people can do in terms of setting up a business, in term of skills and integrity businesses. The president of the YEA said that setting up a business is not about the money that one has, but how to start a small business and for it to grow big provided he or she manages it very well.
Jallow noted that the forum will create a platform where seasoned entrepreneurs will share their experiences with the students and aspiring entrepreneurs to discuss issues of national concern.
For his part, the CEO of AMCHAM, Julius Freeman, said the institution works to promote investment between The Gambia and the United States of America.
According to him, 18 to 24 November is commemorated globally as Global Entrepreneurship Week. "The Global Entrepreneurship has its headquarters in the United States of America and this week is celebrated every year in November and it is happening in over 140 countries," he added. He remarked that in The Gambia AMCHAM is hosting the week as part of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with West African counties. Abdoulie Jallow, an entrepreneur who is also a member of AMCHAM, buttressed the importance of this year's theme, 'Entrepreneurship development through information communication technology'. He said that in every part of the world many countries develop through investing in ICT, so the issue of ICT is very important in entrepreneurship development.
Jallow advised aspiring young entrepreneurs to embrace technology, as it will enable them to have global exposure and link internationally, adding that through ICT, they can turn this country into a super power in entrepreneurship development.
[ source: AllAfrica.com ]