Out reach­ing en­trepreneur­ship pro­gram out of cap­i­tal

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To pro­mote en­trepreneur­ship in the coun­try, Dzongkhag Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Trongsa in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources and Thim­phu Tech­park is con­duct­ing train­ing pro­gram on ‘En­trepreneur­ship & Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Course’ at Sherubling.

The train­ing which started on 4th Jan­uary is for the pe­riod of 3 weeks and main aim of the train­ing is to mo­ti­vate and in­cul­cate the en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills to the youths.

“It is first time we are out reach­ing our En­trepreneur­ship pro­gram out of Thim­phu,” said Ram Bdr. Gu­rung, Head, En­trepreneur­ship Divi­sion and the train­ing fa­cil­i­ta­tor.

He thanked Trongsa Dzongkhag for ini­ti­at­ing such pro­grams by re­al­iz­ing beauty of en­trepreneur­ship pro­gram to in­cul­cate en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit and chan­nel­ized the youths’ en­ergy in the right di­rec­tion ben­e­fit­ing youth in par­tic­u­lar and so­ci­ety at large.

The Govern­ment ac­cords very high pri­or­ity to the de­vel­op­ment of the pri­vate sec­tor and pro­vid­ing gain­ful em­ploy­ment to all Bhutanese cit­i­zens.

The train­ing pro­gram is one of the strate­gies of the Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources to pro­mote en­trepreneur­ship as one of the strate­gies to cre­ate em­ploy­ment and fuel sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth.

Al­though un­em­ploy- ment, es­pe­cially youth un­em­ploy­ment re­mains a chal­lenge, with con­certed ef­fort of the govt. and the co­op­er­a­tion and sup­port of all stake­hold­ers, it is still re­main as a great chal­lenge for Min­istry of Labour.

As per the train­ing fa­cil­i­ta­tor, youth un­em­ploy­ment rate was 12.9% in 2009 and it has re­duced to 9.6% in 2013 but it still a chal­lenge and as well as it is div­i­dend for MOLHR where it can have hu­man skill de­vel­op­ment.

Un­em­ploy­ment chal­lenge is not unique to Bhutan. Many other de­vel­op­ing coun­tries face the same chal­lenge of youth un­em­ploy­ment in par­tic­u­lar, and un­em­ploy­ment in gen­eral. Many of th­ese coun­tries are pro­mot­ing ‘in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship’ as one of the ways to fight un­em­ploy­ment.

More than 30 youths are par­tic­i­pat­ing from di­verse back­ground star­ing from high school to univer­sity grad­u­ate. Par­tic­i­pants are mostly from Trongsa and few of them are res­i­dent of Trongsa.

“I want to ac­quire knowl­edge and ideas about en­trepreneur­ship at this age and will take up good busi­ness af­ter com­plet­ing my grad­u­a­tion with this train­ing knowl­edge” Said Kelzang Cho­den, a school stu­dent.

Pema Lhamo, a school dropout said, “I al­ready had a plan to open first food restau­rant in Trongsa. I am hop­ping this train­ing will help me to run good busi­ness in my fu­ture.”

By end of the train­ing pro­gram, par­tic­i­pants will de­velop the busi­ness plan and pos­si­bly ven­ture into their en­tre­pre­neur­ial jour­ney.

Th­ese youth will be groomed and will be helped in de­vel­op­ing busi­ness plan. Af­ter the 3 weeks train­ing pro­gram ses­sion, they will be able en­trepreneurs ready to ven­ture into re­spec­tive busi­ness en­ter­prise.

It will also help Trongsa Dzongkhag to re­al­ize its vi­sion of “A so­cio-eco­nom­i­cally vi­brant Dzongkhag liv­ing in har­mony with na­ture”. Fund for startup busi­ness (some en­trepreneurs) will be ex­plored and aided by MoLHR, the Lo­den Foun­da­tion and the Dzongkhag.

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