Empretec Regional Forum in Basse

General

Empretec Regional Forum in Basse
The forum was held on the 29th May, 2015 at the Regional Education Office, Basse. It was attended by over 100 people including key stakeholders of the Empretec Project. In attendance were Omar Sompo Ceesay, Governor of URR, Naffie Barry, PS, MOTIE, Fatou M Jallow, CEO, GIEPA, Bintou Gassama, OVP, Adama Njie, Programme Associate, UNDP, Sarata Conateh, Director, Business Development, GCCI, Suwaibou Cham, Research and Survey Manager, GIEPA, Landing B Sanneh, General Manager, NEDI, Awa Faye Peen, Women’s Federation, Sadibou Jammeh, PR and Communications Manager, GIEPA, and a select number of TAG members and Chiefs from the region.
The forum availed the Empretecos the opportunity to meet as one family since the completion of their trainings as well as the opportunity to meet with members of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and other key people from the region including the governor and his advisory committee members.
The governor of URR, Omar Sompo Ceesay welcomed all the delegates from the Government, GIEPA, UNDP, the PSC and the entrepreneurs who came to grace the occasion. He urged the entrepreneurs in URR to work very hard as they have been given all the skills to grow their businesses and they should not let URR and GIEPA down since GIEPA brings a lot of development to URR.
Objective of the Forums
The main objectives of the Empretec Forum in Basse as highlighted by Fatou M Jallow, the Chief Executive Officer were among others:
1. To promote business amongst all the Empretecos with a view to developing and sustaining
2. To promote, alliances, partnerships and linkages that are mutually beneficial to members of the forum.
3. To serve as a liaison between the Empretecos and the EMPRETEC Center
4. To organize trade fairs and conferences that attract investment for their benefit
5. To share and or exchange ideas on issues and problems which Members are confronted with in business and to provide solutions and ascertain how relevant the PEC’s learnt at the EMPRETEC Workshop are to them.
6. To present a common front to represent the interests of members in dealing with the problems associated with financial Institutions, government organizations/bodies, the general public etc.
7. To act as a sound board to the Centre to help it achieve its objectives and in the process sustain the EMPRETEC program.
8. To forge closer links and collaborate with other EMPRETEC Associations internationally.
She emphasized the importance of commitment from all members so that the chapter can function as expected.

Speeches by Delegates of the Project
On her part, Mrs. Naffie Barry, the PS, MoTIE reiterated the role of government in creating the enabling environment in promoting schemes that enhance poverty reduction, create employment and build industries. This is the reason why empretec was brought to the Gambia through the Vice President, Dr Isatou Njie Saidy which has already made good progress in building MSMEs in The Gambia.

On the topic, The Power of Entrepreneuship, Mrs Sarata Conateh, hailed the role of entrepreneurs in translating ideas into reality as well as impacting the lives of many. Several economies in the world are developed today, thanks to entrepreneurs. The Japanese and Malaysian economies are shining examples. She urged all the empretecos to remain steadfast in their quest to succeed and challenge them to be innovative in their businesses by adding value to their products. This will make them competitive both locally and internationally.

The representative of Women’s Federation, Mr Awa Faye Penn appealed to the women to take Empretec very seriously as it will help them to alleviate most of their problems. She stated that in the past, so many trainings in several areas were conducted for women after which loans were given to 1070 women or groups but repayment of the loan became a big issue due to the fact that the right behaviors were not adopted. But with the Empretec training and BDS support, women will now be able to do very well in business.

Mr. Suwaibou Cham, the Research and Survey Manager for GIEPA as well as the Business Development Service Manager for Empretec stressed the importance of the unique Empretec Project which according to him trains and equips you with the right behaviors and provide a guide to work with you for 6 months to ensure that you practice these behaviors you have been thought at the ETW. However, he urged the empretecos to try to certificate GIEPA and the Nation by being able to employ and create many more jobs in the next 5 to 10 tens. This is the only way that the government can look back and be satisfied that the empretec project was a success.
Laniding B Sanneh, General Manager of NEDI emphasized the fact that this is a unique opportunity for the youth and everything within means should be done by youths to make this project a success. In fact he challenged the youths to make best use of the knowledge and skills learned from Empretec so that we can change the Gambia as we are the hope of our nation.

Sadibou Jammeh, the PR and Communications Manager for GIEPA explained the formation of the regional chapter of the forum. The membership is open to both empretec trainers and other Empretecos. Influential and business people can be invited as honorable members and advisers to enable the smooth running of the Chapter.

According to the Empretecos who shared their experiences about Empretec Training, they are very much appreciative of the opportunity to be trained by Empretec and believe in the Empretec methodology. They urged their fellows to set challenging and meaningful goals and persist and commit to achieving these set goals.

Some of the challenges experienced are funding for expansion of businesses, lack of electricity, and linkage with funding agencies. In response, GIEPA will work with the local chapter in Basse to address most of these problems. However, that of electricity is a national concern but with the rural electrification project, this will be overcome soon.

Empretec Regional Forum in Basse
The forum was held on the 29th May, 2015 at the Regional Education Office, Basse. It was attended by over 100 people including key stakeholders of the Empretec Project. In attendance were Omar Sompo Ceesay, Governor of URR, Naffie Barry, PS, MOTIE, Fatou M Jallow, CEO, GIEPA, Bintou Gassama, OVP, Adama Njie, Programme Associate, UNDP, Sarata Conateh, Director, Business Development, GCCI, Suwaibou Cham, Research and Survey Manager, GIEPA, Landing B Sanneh, General Manager, NEDI, Awa Faye Peen, Women’s Federation, Sadibou Jammeh, PR and Communications Manager, GIEPA, and a select number of TAG members and Chiefs from the region.
The forum availed the Empretecos the opportunity to meet as one family since the completion of their trainings as well as the opportunity to meet with members of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and other key people from the region including the governor and his advisory committee members.
The governor of URR, Omar Sompo Ceesay welcomed all the delegates from the Government, GIEPA, UNDP, the PSC and the entrepreneurs who came to grace the occasion. He urged the entrepreneurs in URR to work very hard as they have been given all the skills to grow their businesses and they should not let URR and GIEPA down since GIEPA brings a lot of development to URR.
Objective of the Forums
The main objectives of the Empretec Forum in Basse as highlighted by Fatou M Jallow, the Chief Executive Officer were among others:
1. To promote business amongst all the Empretecos with a view to developing and sustaining
2. To promote, alliances, partnerships and linkages that are mutually beneficial to members of the forum.
3. To serve as a liaison between the Empretecos and the EMPRETEC Center
4. To organize trade fairs and conferences that attract investment for their benefit
5. To share and or exchange ideas on issues and problems which Members are confronted with in business and to provide solutions and ascertain how relevant the PEC’s learnt at the EMPRETEC Workshop are to them.
6. To present a common front to represent the interests of members in dealing with the problems associated with financial Institutions, government organizations/bodies, the general public etc.
7. To act as a sound board to the Centre to help it achieve its objectives and in the process sustain the EMPRETEC program.
8. To forge closer links and collaborate with other EMPRETEC Associations internationally.
She emphasized the importance of commitment from all members so that the chapter can function as expected.

Speeches by Delegates of the Project
On her part, Mrs. Naffie Barry, the PS, MoTIE reiterated the role of government in creating the enabling environment in promoting schemes that enhance poverty reduction, create employment and build industries. This is the reason why empretec was brought to the Gambia through the Vice President, Dr Isatou Njie Saidy which has already made good progress in building MSMEs in The Gambia.

On the topic, The Power of Entrepreneuship, Mrs Sarata Conateh, hailed the role of entrepreneurs in translating ideas into reality as well as impacting the lives of many. Several economies in the world are developed today, thanks to entrepreneurs. The Japanese and Malaysian economies are shining examples. She urged all the empretecos to remain steadfast in their quest to succeed and challenge them to be innovative in their businesses by adding value to their products. This will make them competitive both locally and internationally.

The representative of Women’s Federation, Mr Awa Faye Penn appealed to the women to take Empretec very seriously as it will help them to alleviate most of their problems. She stated that in the past, so many trainings in several areas were conducted for women after which loans were given to 1070 women or groups but repayment of the loan became a big issue due to the fact that the right behaviors were not adopted. But with the Empretec training and BDS support, women will now be able to do very well in business.

Mr. Suwaibou Cham, the Research and Survey Manager for GIEPA as well as the Business Development Service Manager for Empretec stressed the importance of the unique Empretec Project which according to him trains and equips you with the right behaviors and provide a guide to work with you for 6 months to ensure that you practice these behaviors you have been thought at the ETW. However, he urged the empretecos to try to certificate GIEPA and the Nation by being able to employ and create many more jobs in the next 5 to 10 tens. This is the only way that the government can look back and be satisfied that the empretec project was a success.
Laniding B Sanneh, General Manager of NEDI emphasized the fact that this is a unique opportunity for the youth and everything within means should be done by youths to make this project a success. In fact he challenged the youths to make best use of the knowledge and skills learned from Empretec so that we can change the Gambia as we are the hope of our nation.

Sadibou Jammeh, the PR and Communications Manager for GIEPA explained the formation of the regional chapter of the forum. The membership is open to both empretec trainers and other Empretecos. Influential and business people can be invited as honorable members and advisers to enable the smooth running of the Chapter.

According to the Empretecos who shared their experiences about Empretec Training, they are very much appreciative of the opportunity to be trained by Empretec and believe in the Empretec methodology. They urged their fellows to set challenging and meaningful goals and persist and commit to achieving these set goals.

Some of the challenges experienced are funding for expansion of businesses, lack of electricity, and linkage with funding agencies. In response, GIEPA will work with the local chapter in Basse to address most of these problems. However, that of electricity is a national concern but with the rural electrification project, this will be overcome soon.

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