Tuesday, 25 January, 2022

ILO initiates programme for youth entrepreneurs


By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Dec. 2: International Labour Organisation (ILO) Country Office for Nepal has initiated a programme boost young people’s transition into the entrepreneurship and create shift in the entrepreneurial ecosystem through strategic intervention.

It has launched the South Asia Leadership Entrepreneurship Programme (SALE) covering Nepal and Sri Lanka for the same on Wednesday. The programme is supported by the US Department of State.
Speaking at the programme, Senior Vice President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) Chandra Prasad Dhakal stressed the need of stronger links between public and private sectors to facilitate technology for boosting the startups ecosystem in South Asia.

“It is of no doubt that due to weak ecosystem for startups, the startups in South Asia region face a number of challenges. It is crucial time to build stronger links between public and private sector to facilitate technology, which can help boost the startups ecosystem in South Asia,” he said.

He further said that FNCCI had been facilitating and supporting entrepreneurship development, especially for women and youths through iHub and Startup and Innovation Committee. 
“The iHub at FNCCI, which is the innovation hub, has been active in organising many programmes related to startups, innovation,” he said adding, “We, at iHub, provide aspiring entrepreneurs and startups the space where they can access information to learn about various activities related to entrepreneurship, marketing and information technology.”

He also informed that the FNCCI was planning to run incubator centres in all seven provinces in partnership with the government of Nepal.
Director of ILO Nepal, Dr. Richard Howard, Chief Technical Officer of SALE Project, Dr. Thomas Kring, and President of Joint Trade Union Coordination Centre, Jagat Simkhada stressed on creating better environment for youth entrepreneurship and enhance coordination for the same.