Entrepreneurs and Startups

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Our markets and the economy

 
A story is told of a West African who attended a formal dinner in a western country.  To the chagrin of his hosts, he did not only eat all the food but kept chewing the hard bones and making a lot of delightful noises in the process. 
“Why are you chewing your bones?" they asked. "Bones are delicious and full of calcium.  We chew them a lot in my country he answered. "   “Really!” they exclaimed.
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Report: Entrepreneurs and Startups in The Gambia- August 2013

Country: The Gambia

Sector: Entrepreneurship and Startups

Date: August 2013

Executive Summary

The country of Gambia displays a great enthusiasm towards entrepreneurship. As a matter of fact, there are three main conditions that clearly explain this situation. These conditions are: the country’s investment in the youth, competitions held to bolster entrepreneurship and finally, a series of steps that are carried out to increase the country’s competitiveness. 

 

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Report: Entrepreneurship & Startups in The Gambia - July 2013

Country: The Gambia
Sector:
Entrepreneurs and Startups
Date: July 2013

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Gambia: 7.6 Million Euro EU MDG1c Initiative Project Kicks Off

 A 7.6 million euro food security programme in The Gambia formally kicked off yesterday with a two-day inception workshop on MDG1c initiative project at the Ocean Bay Hotel and Resort in Cape Point Bakau.

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Gambia: Economywatch - Oiling the Wheels of Growth

 The economic emphasis in The Gambia seems to be increasingly directed at the informal sector as relevant institutions in the country continue to promote small-scale enterprises by making it easier for entrepreneurs to have access to finance, expand their businesses and generate domestic economic growth.

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Tostan and Molly Melching Receive 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

 “Melching is a tremendous addition to the community of Skoll entrepreneurs and someone who has demonstrated those key characteristics of a successful social entrepreneur: inspiration, creativity, direct action, courage and fortitude,” said Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation. “Like all the organizations in our portfolio, Tostan is tackling a complex social problem with a sustainable, scalable solution”.

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Africa: Hi-Tech Action to Stop Capital Flows

 The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) has called on African Countries to invest in technology as one way of curbing illicit Capital flows from the continent.

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West African Opportunity for the Intrepid Investor

 The security of Africa’s development is under threat. We cannot afford to exclude young people from economic opportunities. In the short term, however, we need to introduce job-creation programmes. In Nigeria, we have engaged in programmes to create short-term job opportunities, including a community services programme for unskilled youth, and a graduate internship scheme, which will support 50,000 university graduates to acquire work experience in private-sector entities. We also created a special fund to provide grants of up to $70,000 to young entrepreneurs.

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