Out reaching entrepreneurship program out of capital
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.