EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Dakar, Senegal, in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel in Dakar have hosted the first Gambia 2020- small Country, Great potential summit at Coco Ocean hotel in Kololi on Sunday.
At least 30 young and promising youth were gathered at the summit to enhance their entrepreneurial mindset where they were provided with hands-on training in high impact entrepreneurship.
Daniel Aschheim, deputy Israeli Ambassador to The Gambia said they came to support the small West African nation, saying, “even if with nothing but a small push forward can help to make the miracle happen just as it happened in Israel and in Germany, to create here the ecosystem necessary for startups and entrepreneurship.”
Mr Aschheim said they have managed to send eleven Gambian graduates in agriculture for the first time to a prestigious yearlong learning by doing program in Israel, where they are learning how to implement the newest technologies and methods in agriculture.
He thanked the government of The Gambia and their longtime partners, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for their usual cooperation.
Through hands-on workshops and lectures given by two German and two Israeli experts, the participants are expected to develop creative capacity, entrepreneurial confidence, and acquire the necessary skills to build scalable startups that solve real problems.
Gambia’s Information Minister, Ebrahima Sillah said the summit is an important event for the government because it is targeting more than 62% of the population which, he said is in need of critical support from both the government and partners to assess their potential to work in the country.
He showed appreciation for the program, saying not only would it provide mentorship but will also provide necessary training on how to sustain their business.
Mr Sillah, who also spoke on the issue of unemployment in The Gambia, said the government with other partners are working to address the issue of youth unemployment.
“This event will not only motivate you but will also train you on how to implement the best practices to sustain your businesses, and how to inspire your other colleagues out there who could also participate in the development process of the country,” Mr Sillah said.
Claudia Cole, Minister of Basic and Secondary Education said, “I am happy to say that the unprivileged young people in Mansakonko have been inspired to do greater things as a result of the training provided to them.”
The organizers believe that with the hands-on workshop and lectures, the participants will develop entrepreneurial confidence, creative capacity and acquire the necessary skills to build scalable startups that solve real problems.