Caribbean Youth Summit Determines Regional Future of Entrepreneurship

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Barbados hosted the Caribbean Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (C-YES) on September 24. This event drew policymakers, youth entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders to the country to discuss entrepreneurship in the region.

The aim of this summit is to bring together governments, institutions, entrepreneurs, and other interested parties to better understand the regional “entrepreneurial ecosystem” and to employ this ecosystem for economic growth in these countries.

This year, Honorable Stephen Lashley, Minister of Culture, Sport and Youth, opened the summit, followed by speeches from U.S. Ambassador Larry Palmer. Mrs. Tameika Fletcher-Birmingham, a Trinidadian entrepreneur, gave the keynote address. Representatives from the Barbados Youth Business Trust, UWI, CARICOM, the Caribbean Development Bank, and Youth Business International (YBI) also delivered speeches.

This summit is also affiliated with the Youth Entrepreneurship Program for the Eastern Caribbean (YEPEC), a USAID funded project, given that the same collaborators (such as YBI) are involved. YEPEC is a training, mentoring and networking initiative for youth-owned small businesses that also delivers training to institutions providing support to such entrepreneurial activities.

Source: St. Lucia News Online