The German-Gambia Advisory Center for Employment, Training and Reintegration (GGAC), in partnership with the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment (MOTIE), on Friday organized last a job fair in Brikama, in the West Coast region, to help the Gambian government to tackle unemployment and underemployment as well as in reaching its target of creating 150,000 jobs in by 2026 as set out in the National Employment Policy 2022-2026.
The comprehensive initiation program “return to new opportunities” aims to improve the prospects for economic and social participation of returnees, displaced persons and the local population.
Lamin Sanneh, governor of the West Coast region, described the job fair as an opportunity that would reduce the unemployment rate in the country and help curb irregular migration.
He therefore thanked the Ministry and the GGAC for such a project. He pointed out that the project will be a turning point to improve the country’s economic growth and reduce the youth unemployment rate.
Kawsu Sillah, National Coordinator and Director of the Gambian German Advisory Center for Employment, Training and Reintegration (GGAC), said accessing information on vacancies or job opportunities available locally remains a major challenge. for returning migrants, new graduates and job seekers in the country.
He said job fairs are a great way to promote greater access to job opportunities for job seekers and potential employers to interact directly.
Sillah added that The Gambia and other developing countries are facing high unemployment which is having a negative impact on economic growth and development.
He also expressed hope that the job fair will connect job seekers and employers with job vacancies, equip job seekers and decision makers and inspire young people to start their own businesses. and to create opportunities for others.