Quality as a catalyst for growth and employment

[Banjul, The Gambia– 4 October 2017] The Gambia Standards Bureau (TGSB) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) joined forces to train a new generation of youth leaders in quality management. The partnership will invest in 15 young Gambians to become trainers in quality management, train 50 youths in North Bank Region and Central River Region and train 10 youths as Auditors of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System standards.

The Training of Trainers started on 2 October with a group of 20 young Gambians. “Quality consciousness and excellence is a fundamental requirement for Gambian businesses to become more competitive and grow” said Khemraj Ramful, head of ITC’s quality programme who is leading the workshop.

The initiative is carried out under the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) a project under the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration & Employment (MOTIE) and the Ministry of Youths and Sports (MOYS). The project aims to create jobs and income opportunities for youths. The investment in youth champions is expected to benefit a number of priority sectors the project is targeting for job creation including tourism, textile, agribusiness and textile and clothing.

“The support comes at a crucial moment” said Papa Secka, Director General of The Gambia Standards Bureau. “These young Gambians will become our trailblazers as we aim to reach the next level of quality and excellence in The Gambia”. The partnership also includes a Youth Poster and Video Competition on Quality and the first Youth Quality Entrepreneurship Award.

About YEP

The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is a four-year project that aims to supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship in the country to address the economic root causes of irregular migration. It is funded by the European Union (EU) Emergency Trust Fund for Africa with a total budget of EUR 11 million. By improving the employability of youth, especially potential and returning migrants, increasing income opportunities along value chains and helping young entrepreneurs to connect to trade and tap into the digital economy, this project aims to change the current migration trends and contribute to building the long-term growth and economic competitiveness of The Gambia.

About ITC

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. The organisation’s aim is for businesses in developing countries to become more competitive in global markets, speeding up economic development and contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

About the Trust Fund

The European Union’s Emergency Trust Fund for Africa addresses the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa. More specifically, it helps address the root causes of destabilisation, forced displacement and irregular migration by promoting economic and equal opportunities, strengthening security, development and resilience of vulnerable people.  

For more information, please visit: Website: https://yep.gm/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/yepgambia/

Twitter: @YEPGambia

Hashtag: #YEPGambia

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yepgambia/

Media enquiries, please direct to:

Fatou Mbenga Jallow Project Coordinator and Senior Technical Adviser – Gambia YEP

Tel. +220 3616993; +220 9662895

fjallow@intracen.org / yep@intracen.org

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