Entrepreneurship is continually regarded as a decisive factor for those countries interested in business development that generates short- and long-term employment as well as improving population's quality of life. Waging on entrepreneurship is creating opportunities and prosperity, while enabling people to be part of the change by allowing them to bring forth solutions to the current issues their countries are faced with.
The latter statement was supported by the United Nations General Assembly, resulting in the adoption of "Entrepreneurship for Development" resolution, sponsored by Israel's permanent mission within the framework of the Economic and Finance Commission (Second Commission). Thus, 2012 concludes with this important resolution, which will have a strong impact on public policy regarding entrepreneurship, and will promote support geared to create and expand entrepreneurial businesses.
From the start, the Resolution project was endorsed by organizations that propel entrepreneurships on the global level, such as the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), an international body that works in cooperation with the Organization of American States (OAS) and that has for 12 years maintained a close relationship with the Israeli Centre for International Development (MASHAV) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel and the Golda Meir Monte Carmel International Training Center (MCTC) located in Haifa and founded by MASHAV.
During the Resolution debate and approval phases at the United Nations, the YABT and MCTC were developing a workshop "Innovation Entrepreneurship for Micro-businesses Managed by Youth", with participants from the Americas and the Caribbean. YABT will continue to work closely with Israel to ensure that the Resolution helps augment opportunities for young entrepreneurs.
"…Entrepreneurship has a domino effect. When we open our minds, we can inspire change. Business leaders build teams and build trust with their coworkers. They encourage others to follow their dreams…", highlighted the Ambassador of Israel to the United Nations, his Excellence Ron Prosor, in his address to the Economic and Finance Commission (excerpt from the Press Release by the Israeli Consulate).
During the United Nationals plenary session and as part of the debate sessions regarding the Resolution, the Permanent Mission of Israel held an event "Entrepreneurship for Development" at the United Nations office in New York. YABT, a case study and event participant, gave a talk on the "Value of International Cooperation Methodologies on Business Development" by Mr. Roy Thomasson, Chair of the Board of Directors. Mr. Thomasson shared YABT's experience as the catalyst for youth entrepreneurship programs, consolidating a platform for cooperation and the exchange of best practices in the Americas and internationally.
Also, YABT invited Yasmin Quezada, a young businesswoman from Panama who got training from the MCTC and the YABT. Ms. Quezada participated in the event as part of the panel on "The Role of Business Sector in the Improvement of Agricultural Productivity in Panama", presenting also her business Pisajusa Export, S.A. and sharing her experience as a young leader and a businesswoman pertaining to the YABT network.
"…I am grateful to the YABT, the OAS, and the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations, for the opportunity to participate in this activity, which demonstrates that despite the obstacles and challenges, entrepreneurs, when facing a problem, see an opportunity to create a business" pointed out young Yasmin Quezada after the event.
YABT, MASHAV and MCTC will continue their cooperation in 2013 with two workshops in Israel, the first one, "Support System for Micro-businesses", to be held in February. Additionally, a number of workshops will be held in Latin America in 2013, in partnership with local sponsors. For more information, please contact YABT's Valerie Lorena, Tel.: +1 202-4586442, E-Mail: VLorena@oas.org.