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Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Senator Warren Newby, is encouraging young people to come up with ideas that can be translated into sustainable small businesses.
Speaking at a Youth Entrepreneurs Exposition at the Altamont Court Hotel in Kingston on November 26, Senator Newby said that a legislative framework is being established to make it easier for young people to start businesses.
He stated that the Government is committed to the capitalization of the youth and “we are working out a framework of delivering the youth business thrust in collaboration with other state agencies under the Ministry of Commerce, because we believe they complement each other.”
Urging young people to build on their ideas, Senator Newby pointed out that “an idea requires only your own determination to see it to fruition for it to be successful.”
He informed that the National Youth Policy has been designed specifically to foster and develop the ideas of the young people within the country. “One of the components of the youth policy is employment but twined with employment is entrepreneurship,” he pointed.
The Parliamentary Secretary encouraged young people “to dream, think about your own future, think about the talents that you have, and put your ideas to paper,” assuring that their ideas will be supported.
He commended the National Centre for Youth Developing (NCYD) for hosting the exposition and for playing a pivotal role in developing programmes, which focus on the development of the youth.
President of the Young Entrepreneurs Association, Andre Hylton, in the meantime, encouraged the youth to capitalize on the talents that they possess and the ideas that are presented.
“Check out your hobbies. Maximise on your brand and your intellect and take the first step of capitalising on ideas,” he urged.
The exposition formed part of activities to mark Youth Month, which is being celebrated throughout the month of November under the theme: ‘I can, we can, youth can achieve greatness’.

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