By Mammy Saidykhan

TAF Africa Global has introduced its startups competition 2018 initiative to engage young entrepreneurs in a bid help develop their capacities.

Speaking at the recent press conference held at TAF Africa Global head office, Ousainou Sosseh, regional manager of TAF said that “TAF is not just limited to selling houses.”

“We are Gambian born, we are proud of being part of The Gambia, so we have several initiatives as part of our vision to give back to our communities that have given us so much,” he said.

“That’s why we have the TAF Africa foundation and under the foundation, there are several initiatives that we do as a way to give back to the youth and other parts of the community that has given us so much over the years.”

Sosseh noted that the initiative of TAF Start-ups came at a time when youths needed avenues for their ideas.

“We had several interests especially from the youth and young entrepreneurs that have really commended us for what we are trying to do, because they have needed this support for a long time and they feel that this is the right initiative that complements their dreams,” he said.

The TAF regional manager further said 60 percent of The Gambia’s population are under 30 years old adding, “we also know that the private sector is the driver for every economy.”

He said: “We want to merge those two, find a way to give all these young entrepreneurs a platform or avenue to support their businesses by giving this million dalasis as a price win.”

Sosseh highlighted the prices of the competition and how it will help the businesses of young entrepreneurs

“We put out 1, 750,000 dalasis that will be given to three winners. Top winner will get one million dalasis; Second price will get D500,000; [And] third price will get D250,000,” he said.

“We think that this is a lot of money that will go a long way in supporting businesses and accomplishing their dreams.”