As the multi-stakeholder Programme for productive and decent work for youth in the Mano River Union winds up, representatives from UNIDO, ILO, MRU and UNDP have called for harnessing the capacities of youth as a potential, social and economic resource for peace building and stability.
The conference which lasted from 10th to 11th March, 2009 in Freetown was intended to be an opportunity for youth from the sub-region to play a direct role in the future program and strategies and to discuss their contribution through youth entrepreneurship and business start-ups, youth-led social entrepreneurship and networking.
In his presentation the ILO enterprise specialist, Jealous Chirove elaborated on potential natural resources which could be transformed into a meaningful, social and economic enterprise if they are well tapped.
This he noted would help to stimulate African economy and enhance rapid development.
The ILO specialist also touched on exploitation, resource qualification and life, resource facility, critical infrastructural development for resources utilization, legal dimension and other considerations towards the development of entrepreneurship in the sub-region.
He went on to talk on creative and collective efforts by youths through innovative and other initiative strategies to enhance their lives.
He concluded that, a business plan plays a significant role in actualizing decent work and living for the youth because it’s a concise description of one’s business idea which might be transformed into a booming business enterprise.
UNIDO specialist Antonia Caramba Coker spoke on entrepreneurship development through skill training, proper management of human resources and assessment of market opportunities.