Job creation and entrepreneurship programme for Gambian youth

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From left to right: Isatou Touray, Gambia’s Trade Minister; Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, and Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, at the launch of the Youth Empowerment Project. Photo: ITC

Fostering economic opportunities for young people in the Gambia is the goal of a new initiative launched this month by the country, together with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the European Union (EU) Emergency Trust for Africa.

The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project also aims to reduce the number of young people risking their lives migrating to other countries, especially in the EU.

The €11 million project has been described as a "building block" in the construction of a New Gambia which prioritizes youth, job creation and trade.

The West African country recently experienced a power shift with the inauguration of President Adama Barrow following two decades of rule by Yahyeh Jammeh who had initially refused to step down.

Dianne Penn reports.

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