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Hey YEP community! Here's our platform to get you up to speed on our progress. Pop by regularly as we update our blog on the ongoings of the project.

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300 young Gambians receive start-up support

At a ceremony held at Sterling Technical Training Centre, through its EU-funded Youth Empowerment Project & Jobs Skills & Finance Programme, the International Trade Centre handed over toolkits to 300 TVET graduates to promote self-employment.

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Baboucarr Saho: The migrant returnee who graduated top of his class

In 2016, a year after completing his high school education, Baboucarr would embark on an irregular route with the hope of reaching Europe through Libya. According to Baboucarr, two things motivated him to embark on the perilous, risky journey: a billboard that painted a dark and gloomy picture for people opting to continue their education in Gambia and his friends who reached Europe via the Mediterranean Sea.

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Youth Empowerment Project launches packaging hub

The International Trade Centre (ITC) through its European Union-funded Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) launched a packaging hub to improve the competitiveness of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in The Gambia. This is the first of its kind.

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The Youth Empowerment Project inaugurates the Bakoteh Production and Innovation Center

International Trade Centre (ITC) through its European Union-funded Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) in partnership with the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) and the community of Bakoteh, officially inaugurated the Bakoteh Production and Innovation Center (BPIC). The center aims to support training as well as the production and commercialization of textile and hand-woven products.

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In the Strategic Youth and Trade Development Roadmap of the Gambia (2018-2022) developed by ITC through YEP, textile and fashion was identified as a subsector under the creative industries with the potential to boost ...

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Omar Fofana: Discouraging rural-urban migration through innovative farming

32-year-old Omar Fofana has grown to become an ardent cultivator on a 50-meter square land. Annually, he cultivates groundnut and has so far expanded to grow cashew trees. For years, this has been the young farmer’s source of living. He is also a poultry farmer with 35 chickens and 4 ducks. He has a sizeable plantation of cassava. Farming is a daily activity for Omar.

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346 young Gambians graduate from The Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute

With a rich cultural heritage, beautiful sandy beaches, breath-taking sunset, hospitable people, and a pleasant weather, The Gambia - The Smiling Coast of Africa, is undoubtedly one of Africa’s top tourist countries.

Until the outbreak of Covid-19, the country has over the years attracted visitors in numbers from all over the world, especially European countries. This surge in the number of visitors comes with benefits for the economy and subsequently the people. The sector is the highest foreign exchange earner and one of the major employers of Gambians, especially women and young people.

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