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EU supports the Gambia to strengthen role of youth & trade in economic dev.

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Thursday, 17 May 2018

EU supports the Gambia to strengthen role of youth & trade in economic dev.

Youth associations, public and private organizations announced back in March their support of a roadmap to empower youth in The Gambia. The Youth and Trade Roadmap, which has been developed as part of the International Trade Centre’s Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) with the support of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, places skills development and entrepreneurship at the heart of a new effort to create jobs and opportunities in the West African country. Around 100 representatives from more than 40 organizations gathered in the Gambian capital, Banjul, for a workshop to assess and validate the Youth and Trade Roadmap. The workshop was the final step in a series of consultations between youth associations, entrepreneurs, training institutions and public agencies on how to address job creation for youth in three priority sectors: information and communication technologies (ICT), nuts and agro-processing, and tourism. The Youth and Trade Roadmap will serve as a guiding compass for the Government to bolster competitiveness and thereby reduce migration flows. In addition to setting out how to create opportunities for youth and strengthen trade, the roadmap presents an action plan with activities and priorities for integrating value-chain development that will enable the youth to access business opportunities in the target sectors. Specifically, it provides recommendations on improving productivity and quality, technical and vocational skills, market reach and diversification, and how to facilitate youth entrepreneurship.

Source: European Commission