Cameroon – Youth Entrepreneurship: Over 60 participants receive Awards, Certificates in Douala

The closing ceremony of the Youth Connekt bootcamp, intended to strengthen the entrepreneurial capacities of young people, was chaired by the Youth affairs minister Mounouna Foutsou in the Littoral regions and South West.

The YouthConnekt Bootcamp and Award concept arise from the Youth Connect initiative, to strengthen the technical and entrepreneurial capacities of young people, encourage innovations,  connect young people to solutions that allow them to make informed decisions. 

This activity beef up the morals of young people and equip them for a highly competitive market. The camps will also allow young people to benefit from the advantages of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.

The Clover Room of the Futuris Hotel in Douala was the seat of the exhibitions. The Junior Consultant, Bidias, presented the technical sheet of the Bootcamp, which was a question of sensitizing, selecting and highlighting the talents of young people for the realization of the joint Government-UN initiative.

UNDP, in line with the Government's national priorities, has placed youth development at the forefront of its development programming with the “Youth Connect Bootcamp and Award” initiative. 

The latter aims to connect young people to socio-economic opportunities in view of the many challenges that young people face throughout the national territory.

60 young people from the city of Douala received their certificates from Minister Mounouna Foutsou, for having spent three days of activity where they participated in the various technical and practical training modules that were provided in this camp by experts.

These young people now have the qualities of entrepreneurs and initiators of innovative projects for the promotion of made in Cameroon in the Youth Connect Bootcamp pole in the Littoral and South-West Region.

Alassane Ba, UNDP resident representative in Cameroon, presented the role of this body in the process of training these young entrepreneurs, in particular the financing of the project and the coordination of stakeholders in its implementation of the project.

“I felt a strong commitment from the young entrepreneurs who showed us what they are capable of. We feel that there is innovation, there is determination. And we at the level of the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) in partnership with MINJEC we will continue our efforts to support its youth initiative", indicated Alassane Ba.

Youth affairs minister encouraged these young winners to show solidarity, before conveying his thanks to the Permanent Representatives who had reached the end of their stay in Cameroon.

By Ndefru Melanie

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