Members of the Young Entrepreneurs Association (YEA) paid a Courtesy Call on Finance Minister Audley Shaw at the Ministry of Finance National Heroes Circle office recently. The visit forms part of the Association week long activities which are in observance the National Entrepreneurship Week, and is being held under the theme: Harnessing Creativity and Innovation through Tourism, Energy & Agriculture.
Minister Shaw expressed his delight as he received the team, and noted the entrepreneurial sector is critical to growth and development of the Jamaican economy. The Minister has been in recent times vocal at several forums, about the role of entrepreneurs and the importance of the creating an environment in which entrepreneurs can access finance to expand their businesses. The Minister has on a number occasions stated that entrepreneurship is a critical to job creation and presents a viable to graduates from secondary and tertiary institution to create their own wealth.
was formed in 2005 under the auspices of the Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF) in 2005 and is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization whose mandate is to support young people in business. The Association is aimed at business owners forty-five years and under, and provides members with an opportunity to learn from each other's experiences and take advantage of peer mentorship as they grow their businesses.
The week culminates in a Gala and Youth Business Awards on Saturday, November 26, 2016.