CELEBRATE | November 20, 2020

GEW2020 Updates from Africa

Photo Credit: Johannesburg. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

One of the most exciting features of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which will run from November 16 – 22 this year, is the diverse range of activities and initiatives organized in the 180 countries that make up the Global Entrepreneurship Network. This year’s global themes include Ecosystems, Education , Inclusion and Policy. Today we are sharing updates from the continent of Africa. 

Chad 

GEW Chad was officially launched by the Minister of State, Minister Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, Mr. Kalzeubé Payimi Deubet, representing the Marshall of Chad IDRISS DEBY ITNO on November 16th at the Radisson Hotel Radisson Blu Hotel in N’Djamena. 

A large number of state officials, alongside young people, gathered for this annual celebration of entrepreneurship in Chad. 

Eight flagship events and more than thirty activities are being organized around Chad’s central theme of "Entrepreneurship: A Solution to Professional Integration and Pledge of Innovation”. Abderrahim Mahamat Adam, chairman of the Chad organizing committee, emphasized the need to transmit entrepreneurial knowledge to a large portion of the youth.  

According to Elvis Junior, the coordinator of the 2019 edition and Reseau des Jeunes pour le Developpement et le Leadership (RJDL), the week is a framework for dialogue, learning and making recommendations. Some of those recommendations during #GEW2019 turned into reality, such as the creation by the Marshall of Chad Special Fund for Youth and Women. 

“The establishment of this 30 billion CFA fund,” said the recently appointed Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Routouang N'Donga Mohamed Christian who is also the founder of Global Entrepreneurship Network Chad, “is the perfect illustration of the firm will of the Presidency of Chad to make young people the real engines of the country's economic growth. He invited young people to seize the multiple opportunities open to them during this week in partnership with the National Office for the Promotion of Employment (ONAPE) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).” 

GEW Chad’s activities also include a competition dedicated to high school students focused on Sustainable Development Goals. A panel on the theme will also answer questions regarding SDGs and how the audience can contribute.  

The Gambia 

Earlier this month, Amcham Gambia, the official host organization in Gambia, made a call to all stakeholders in Gambia to organize activities under the four global themes, Ecosystems, Education , Inclusion and Policy. 

The Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA) committed this week to include entrepreneurship in the national education curriculum and stated that they are working on the GIEPA act in which to start and run disability businesses and a waiver of taxes for small businesses will be included. GIEPA also developed an ecosystem CRM to harmonize the activities of the ecosystem to avoid duplications. 

Their activities for the week include webinars in collaboration with UNCTAD on successes, challenges of startups during and post Covid-19 and  entrepreneurship trainings countrywide using the EMPRETEC model and other models by other ecosystem members. 

Poncelet Ileleji from Jokkolabs Banjul said that their focus for GEW2020 is digital inclusion programs for female entrepreneurs, specifically with focus on female entrepreneurs outside the greater Banjul area. 

The U.S. Embassy in Banjul joined the celebrations with the following message from their social media channels: "We celebrate entrepreneurs in The Gambia and across the world who are demonstrating amazing ingenuity and innovation in the face of ongoing challenges. “ 

Algeria 

GEW Algeria launched its 10th year on November 16th with opening remarks by Oualid Yacine, the Minister of the Knowledge Economy and Startups. 

One of the highlights of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Algeria is the webinar series organized by GEN Algeria. Some other highlights include the launch of “I Am an Entrepreneur” Campaign and the Entrepreneurship Clubs program. Webinar topics include, “What are investors looking for in a promising startup?”, “The role of media shaping an entrepreneurial society”, “Kids & Entrepreneurship: Inspiring Kids to turn their ideas into reality” and “Startup Talk: Things to Keep in mind”. 

GEN’s Vice President of Global Operations, Buke Cuhadarjoined the conversation on November 19th as part of the “Means to Enhance Women Empowerment by Economy” panel. Moderated by Zafira Baba Ouartsi,  the founder of Artissimo and with the attendance of entrepreneurs Meriem Kadri Khelifati, the founder of Exception_elle cosmetics; Leila Benyoucef, Founder of Kiddy stories; Sara Imen TOUNSI, Founder of Variasl;  Nawel Ait Chafaa, Founder of Noelka Creations; the conversation focused on the stories of entrepreneurial women during COVID times in Algeria. The panel reviewed policies and initiatives to support female entrepreneurship as well as challenges of female entrepreneurs in Algeria and around the world. 

Julia DiLeo is a Digital Communications Associate at the Global Entrepreneurship Network. She is involved in all things content creation, social… About the author