Authorities of the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) in collaboration with the Liberia Business Association (LIBA) on Monday, November 16 officially launched the 2015 Global Entrepreneur Week (GEW) in the country.

GEW is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.
The GEW, which was launched at the Paynesville City Hall outside Monrovia, is the first of its kind in country.

Speaking at the launch of the week-long event, the acting Mayor of Paynesville City, Madam Cyvette M. Gibson, said the city government took serious interest in the celebration, because Paynesville, being the biggest municipality in the country, also has the largest number of entrepreneurs.

 According to her, a number of programs have been earmarked in commemoration of the GEW.

“This week we will have a number of activities taking place at the city corporation in observance of the Global Entrepreneur Week, which starts today and run up to November 20. The first one today is the media launch.

The next one is on Wednesday, where we will have a mentoring madness. Mentoring madness is where we talk to entrepreneurs in the city. We will have children and educational institutions come to the city and learn how Liberian businesses became successful and all of their trials and tribulations,” explained the PCC boss.

“Thursday will be recognized as Women Entrepreneurs’ Day by the United Nations and we will have a panel discussion at the city. I will be one of the panelists, and we will be discussing the strides of women entrepreneurs, and in the evening we will have a cocktail with 75 business people within the city of Paynesville,” she stated.     

The PCC boss disclosed that the initiative is to find ways in which the city corporation of Paynesville can provide proper platform in providing education to entrepreneurs for the growth of their businesses.

She noted that the idea was born out of a visit she made to Ghana sometimes ago.  

“This was something that was discussed in Ghana during my previous trip. I am so happy that we are one of the 140 countries that will be celebrating this year’s Global Entrepreneur Week,” Mayor Gibson said.  

She then added out that entrepreneurs are the driving force to socio-economic activities or growth of every nation.

For her part, the Secretary General of LIBA, Madam M. Leelai Kpukuyou, lauded the city government of Paynesville for the partnership.

The LIBA chief scribe stated that GEW provides the opportunity for entrepreneurs across the globe with Liberia being no exception to be appreciated for their numerous contributions to the socio-economic development.

“This is aimed turning impossibilities into possibilities. This is to create employment. Huge numbers of people are self-employed and as such, it’s important to highlight the importance of these people,” she added.