Sunday 25 October, 2020

Entrepreneurship took centre stage at Sky Mall

Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Cheryl Alleyne during her address at the Youth Enterprise Expo and Talent Show

Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Cheryl Alleyne during her address at the Youth Enterprise Expo and Talent Show

Entrepreneurship took the spotlight at the recently concluded Youth Enterprise Expo and Talent Show.

Held on Saturday, October 3 at Sky Mall, young entrepreneurs were afforded the opportunity to showcase their varied products and services. Approximately 35 businesses participated in the expo.

While recognising that the present COVID-19 climate was proving challenging for some, Acting Manager of the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES), Ryan Moseley asserted that entrepreneurship was still a viable career option.

“This has been a rough time for entrepreneurs on a whole, but today we are giving them an opportunity to showcase their talents and products,” Moseley said.

In the absence of Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Dwight Sutherland, Acting Permanent Secretary Cheryl Alleyne delivered remarks on his behalf. She emphasized that entrepreneurship was a critical component of the country's recovery strategy and stated Government was giving its full support.

She stated: “Entrepreneurship has been declared as a critical component within the country’s overall recovery strategy and is consistent with the view documented in the National Youth Policy 2011-2016, where Goal (A) speaks to the reduction of unemployment by ensuring that young people are 'gainfully occupied' after leaving school. The objectives therein support the creation of specialised training in creative disciplines such as sports, entertainment, the arts, craft, fashion and beauty services, leading to the establishment of viable business enterprises.”

Youth Enterprise Expo and Talent Show

As the official party toured the mall, they visited a selection of booths featuring local products and services including jewellery and skincare products, a selection of natural wines, paintings and craft offerings in addition to a PR firm. 

The Expo also featured local talent from Tykairi Sargeant, Trinity Clarke, soca artiste Walkes and the Haynesville Youth Group, complete with drummers and dancers, who thrilled shoppers as they traversed the mall and visited the erected stalls.

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