Wednesday May 2nd 2012- As part of UN Joint Programme on Youth Employment, UNDP continues to support the new business initiatives that link the youth with sustainable employment opportunities. UNDP launched a second phase of Business Ideas Competition for youth in the Blue Nile State, upon successful completion of similar contest in North & South Kordofan States. The Competition awards start-up micro-grants for successful and innovative small business ideas prepared by aspiring young entrepreneurs.
official launch of the Business Ideas Competition at the Blue Nile State
was inaugurated by the Blue Nile Sate Affairs Commissioner and Director
General at the State Ministry of Culture, Media, Youth & Sport and
attended by HAC Commissioners, state officials’ government, and
local NGOs, and exclusive presence of local press.
More than 150 Youth attending the launching ceremony were highly motivated by the new jobs’ creation initiative in the state. At the closing of launch, over 80 applications forms of the business idea competition have been withdrawn by youth.
Business Idea Competition, funded by Government of Spain through the Millennium
Development Goals Achievement is part of a Sudan Joint Programme “Creating
Opportunities for Youth Employment in Sudan” involves several UN
agencies and government entities and aims to provide skills development
and livelihood opportunities to the youth.
For transparency and neutrality in the selection of winning business ideas, an independent Awards Selection Panel is set up to screen and select the winning business ideas. The Awards Selection Panel is comprised of 7 members who are selected from the business community, local government, microfinance providers, UNDP institutional partners and members of the civil society.
Sudanese Development Initiative (SUDIA), a national NGO has collaborated
with UNDP in the launch and organizing of the Business Idea Competition
in the targeted states. SUDIA team was supported at the both the Federal
and State levels by youth members from the Youth Employment Units affiliated
with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the Central Bank of Sudan.
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