The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) handed over two Nissan Patrol 4x4 vehicles to its main project counterparts, the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Interaction and Employment and the Ministry of Youth and Sports to facilitate project implementation.

YEP aims to build on and strengthen the existing structures in support of youth entrepreneurship and employment. The project counts more than 20 implementing partners from both the public and private sectors working together to create opportunities to youth. In parallel, YEP supports and fosters the capacities of Gambian institutions to sustain the benefits beyond the project lifetime.

The vehicle will also support the Ministries and its institutions to improve reach of beneficiaries in rural areas which is a key priority of the project. The vehicles will be managed by the two Ministries and will allow the government and its various partners to effectively support the project activities.

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The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is an EU-funded flagship project of the Republic of the Gambia implemented by the International Trade Centre in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment and the Ministry of Youth and Sports with the objective to improve skills, create jobs and generate income for Gambian youths.

The overall focus of this four-year project is to tackle the economic root causes of irregular migration through increased job opportunities and income prospects for youth. The project will improve skills, foster entrepreneurship and create employment for youth along selected value chains.

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