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The Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneurship, delivered, on 25 February, the keys of 13 enterprises to the 13 entrepreneurs of the MUALA+ Project, which aims to improve the working conditions of the ladies that practice economic activities in their neighbourhoods, and also to promote the culture of female entrepreneurship, carried out by MJDE/DE in partnership with UNDP and ILO.

The official ceremony to hand over the keys took place in the MJDE meeting room. It should be recalled that in addition to the constructions, the beneficiaries of the MUALA+ project also count on support in terms of various equipment, raw materials, and the formative package and training in business techniques.


The Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneurship, Vinício Pina, delivered yesterday to the Minister of Health, Edgar Neves, a lot of materials to support the fight against the #COVID19 pandemic in Sao Tome and Principe. The lot includes 900 impermeable gowns, 124 bottles of 70% alcohol and 156 bars of soap. All products delivered were produced locally as part of the support that the Ministry of Youth, through the Programme Empreende Jovem, gave to 16 national entrepreneurs. The gowns were made by the winning projects "Roselyn Silva Unipessoal - LDA", "STP Multi-industrial" and "Englobe, Lda e Figueira STP Lda".
Empreende Jovem is implemented by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneurship with technical and financial support from UNDP Sao Tome and Principe. Ministry of Youth The UNDP Resident Representative, Katarzyna Wawiernia was present at the handing over of the materials.
In June 2020 several young entrepreneurs and associations were challenged to find innovative solutions that could mitigate the impacts of the pandemic in Sao Tome and Principe. The result of this challenge resulted in several services and goods that are now available to the entire population in the country such as the production of soap, alcohol, home delivery service, online shopping and the production of masks.


Another edition of YouthConnekt Africa (YCA) takes place from 20 to 22 October in Accra, Ghana. The YCA is a pan-African platform with a vision to connect African youth to socio-economic transformation. The platform seeks to empower young people by enhancing their knowledge, experiences and skills while investing in their ideas, innovations, and initiatives. The YCA Hub has grown into a network of 24 African countries with long-term sponsors and partners, including the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Government of Rwanda. Over the years, the summit has seen high-level participation from various UN agencies, African youth ministers, the private sector and youth-led organisations.
São Tomé and Príncipe will attend the event with a delegation led by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneurship, Vinício Pina, and including the Director of Entrepreneurship, Alexander Ferreira, Social Entrepreneur, Edgar Coelho, UNDP Resident Representative, Katarzyna Wawiernia and Associate Manager Dynka Amorim.
The summit will be held under the theme: "Africa Beyond Aid: Positioning Youth for the Post-COVID Economy and AfCFTA Opportunities". The aim is to raise awareness among the continent's youth about an Africa Beyond Aid Agenda and to position youth to take advantage of the opportunities that AfCFTA presents.

For more information visit the website: https://www.youthconnektafrica2021.org/.


Thursday, 21 October 2021 15:35

Youth Summit Connekt Africa 2021

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On the sidelines of the #YouthConnektAfrica2021 Summit taking place in Accra, Ghana, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneurship, Vinício Pina and UNDP Resident Representative of Sao Tome and Principe, Katarzyna Wawiernia, met with UNDP Regional Director for Africa, Ahunna Eziankowa, Youth Ministers and UNDP representatives from #YouthConnektAfrica member countries.

The Tinteiros e Soluções shop was inaugurated this week, on 21 September, and is located in Quilombo. The entrepreneur Gilmar das Neves, one of the participants and winners of the Innovation STARTUPS Competition - Ideas for New Businesses, is the promoter of this project and revealed to be very happy and fulfilled for accomplishing this step, this dream.

This business is dedicated to recycling and filling ink cartridges and toners, with environmental valorisation, as well as specialising in the maintenance and sale of printers. It has a dedicated service for business customers and a personalised service for individual customers. It also provides copying and printing services and in the future will add other services to complete its offer and be able to grow.

In addition to their own employment, this project creates another youth job in STP.

Good luck Gilmar!

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 21:20

Meet Coco Expres, an entrepreneurial initiative

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Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, dozens of young people have been paying attention to the initiatives launched by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneurship in partnership with UNDP, which annually launches initiatives to encourage young people about entrepreneurship.

Abdulay Rosa, is a young man who discovered at an early age the importance of entrepreneurship as a tool for the development of the country. The term Entrepreneur is directly linked to the person who achieves, who produces new ideas through the congruence between creativity and imagination.

Through daily experience, the young entrepreneur identified a lack of natural and healthy drinks, a large amount of waste derived from green coconuts, a lack of use of biodegradable materials in commerce, a lack of current coconut production and unemployment that has increased thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reflecting on the contribution of young people in society and how they can through entrepreneurship change the situation of not only their communities but also the country, Abdulay proposed to create a business that could ensure a greater supply of 100% natural coconut water.

For him, succeeding would mean turning green coconut waste into Tubete, into Organic compost and producing coconut trees so that there will be no shortage of coconut trees in the coming years, thus creating new jobs.

This is how Coco Expres STP came about, an initiative that aims to promote self-employment by marketing green coconut water spreading its benefit to health and well-being.

In 2020, MJDE and UNDP launched Empreende Jovem, with the aim of developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem of São Tomé and Príncipe through a platform of incubators, which are spaces where there will be means and personnel available to work with entrepreneurs both in developing their ideas and in monitoring their businesses.

Lay, as he is known by his friends and family, signed up for the Programme Empreende Jovem with the intention of solving an identified problem and creating new jobs for his community.

He presented his idea and competed along with hundreds of other young people to find grants and training to implement his business.