Corentyne Chamber promoting youth participation at the business level

DPI, Thursday, August 16, 2018

President of the Corentyne Chamber of Commerce, Poonai Bhigroog on August 15 disclosed that the chamber is in the process of creating a youth chamber in the East Berbice-Corentyne region.

Bhigroog was at the time addressing the gathering at the launch of the Berbice and Trade Fair Expo in Rose Hall, Berbice. He indicated that members of the chamber have already met with several youths from the region to establish the group.

“We feel at the chamber level, if we can begin grooming the young people at an early stage, they will be knowledgeable of the various processes involved in the business and the private sector; and in the future, they will join the senior level of the Chamber,” Bhigroog said.

He explained the period from youth chamber to the Chamber of Commerce will serve as a transition period for the youths. “I believe they will also be exposed to many positive things.”

Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin, who also attended the launch, applauded the initiative. “I am glad that we have a youth chamber in the making. I welcome the youths in the Berbice business community. I think it is good to have young people involved in everything that we do, because you are the next generation that will lead this country and make decisions for us,” Minister Gaskin stated.

The minister noted the gesture comes at a time when the government is pushing youth participation in various activities.

In May, the government opened the doorways for enterprising young people to become their own boss through its National Youth Week two-day summit. It was held under the theme “Empowering young people to foster national and community development through innovation.”

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