American Chamber of Commerce, Others to Celebrate GEW

American Chamber of Commerce, Others to Celebrate GEW

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America Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in collaboration with Start-up Incubator Gambia and Empretec Gambia will celebrate this year`s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

The annual event will be celebrated between 14 -20 November worldwide.

In preparation ahead of the celebration, the America Chamber of Commerce and partners yesterday briefed the press on the lined-up programmmes at their office on MDI in Kanifing.

Kebba Njie, chief executive officer of AmCham, said celebrating GEW, is essential and that as part of the celebration, they intend to conduct awareness creation on entrepreneurship and the virtues of entrepreneurship across the country to showcase the achievements that have been registered.

The resident representative of Global Entrepreneurship Network, Abdoulie Touray said, “Global entrepreneurship week is celebrated every year worldwide and right now we have membership from over two-hundred countries. The whole idea is to promote the virtues of entrepreneurship which essentially means self-reliance and value addition to product and services.”

The Global Entrepreneurship Week he went on, is celebrated worldwide under five themes which includes the Start-up Innovation Incubator Project; the second component talks about women entrepreneurship, which deals with how to empower women who are already dynamic in terms of entrepreneurship development.

He stated that the third component looks at skills of innovation that allow companies to grow from micro to small, medium to large enterprises.

by Alhagie Babou Jallow

“We are happy that Gambia has made significant strive in these areas.”

Momodou A Drammeh, officer-in-charge at the GiEPA and coordinator of Empretec Gambia programme, said Empretec Gambian programme is a behavioral modification programme that is set to support or to modify the behavior of entrepreneurs in the country.

The programme, according to him, is a model that is proven to be one of the best models of entrepreneurship in the world.

“It has supported and helped a lot of entrepreneurs to be successful in business. We have trained over 1300 entrepreneurs in The Gambia. The model ensures that once you train people on entrepreneurship, you assign them to an adviser who will take them through the firm of success,” he said.

Alieu Jallow, chief executive officer of Start-up Incubator, also shared his institution`s achievements, revealing that they have trained over 42 entrepreneurs who have now created over 62 jobs for the past one year.

“We invited experts from different sectors, business registration and tax officials to discuss with clients on how to grow their businesses and what is required for them to set up and run their own  businesses.”