“Will power and brain power are, truly, our greatest assets” said Ambassador Bivas

Washington DC, March 2, 2017 - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), Organization of American States, MASHAV – Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation- , Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem, The Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC), and the Ministry of Trade Industry & Tourism of Suriname were the partners of the Train the trainer Business Labs held February 20 - 24, 2017 at the Lallarookh Conference Centre, Paramaribo, Suriname.

From day one, the trainees begin working with experts provided by the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center to build on their initial project ideas with the objective of presenting a consolidated business model on the last day of the workshop. The goal is to facilitate business development for entrepreneurs. This workshop is organized by YABT with the support of national and international partners, is the first step in the certification process for the participants who meet the requirements as potential trainers.

This workshop is part of the REACH project executed by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), in collaboration with REACH regional and the local partner the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism.

The Israeli experts were Mr. David Slyper – Director, Mentor and Business Entrepreneur. Former Founder and CEO of Business Development Centers (MATI) and Technology Incubators in Israel and Innovator of SME supporting tools in developing economies.

Ms. Sandra Ziv - graduate student Bar Ilan University Program of Science, Technology & Society, researching the History of High Technology in Israel. She has served as a lecturer and team leader in international entrepreneurship workshops at the Technion Institute of Technology and with MASHAV, Mount Carmel International Training Center, in Haifa, Israel. Previously, she served in a range of senior marketing positions in medical device companies, and before that, communication and IT companies.

YABT’s approach is to focus on promoting and strengthening youth entrepreneurship, by placing special emphasis on encouraging young people to develop innovative entrepreneurial initiatives through international competition and start-up accelerator programmes. In this regard, YABT will continue to provide the participants with technical support needed for the growth and survival of their efforts.

There were more than thirty participants from the Ministry's of Education, Youth, Trade, Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property. The selling exercise was held at the Hermitage Mall included businesses such as picture booths, healthy snacks and drinks. The profits from this exercise were donated to the Flood victims of the Interior of Suriname, Minister Welzijn accepted the donation on their behalf.

Present at the closing ceremony was His Excellency Ferdinand R. Welzijn, Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Ambassador Mordehai Amihai-Bivas non-resident ambassador of Israel to Barbados, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Surinam, and Trinidad and Tobago. Akarda Ventour, Progam Manager for the Caribbean of the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), Mr. Kenneth Foe A Man, Ms Anita Forst Cumberbatch  and officials of other government ministries and private sector organizations.

In his remarks Ambassador Bivas congratulated the participants and organizers for another successful Business Lab "The Caribbean region, just like Israel, has no lack of ingenuity, talent and passion. Entrepreneurship has the power to harness the potential of this tremendous human capital. People's intelligence and drive can be the key to sustainable development. Will power and brain power are, truly, our greatest assets. This is the same spirit in which MASHEV, Israeli's Agency for International Development Cooperation, continues to work closely with YABT to empower young people through entrepreneurship."                  


About the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT):

The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) is an international non-profit organization, founded in 1999, and works in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS). YABT supports OAS objectives and mandates of the Summit of the Americas, to develop and implement programs and activities that encourage entrepreneurship and leadership among youth in the countries of the Americas - fighting poverty and creating more opportunities for youth. 


The Caribbean Regional Entrepreneurial Asset Commercialization Hub, is an IDB funded regional technical cooperation project being executed by the University of the West Indies. REACH is aimed at building the commercialization capabilities of competitively selected Caribbean entrepreneurs and firms.

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