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MENAFN - Qatar News Agency - 27/02/2014
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(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Social initiative Silatech and independent international development organization Spark have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on programs focusing on career guidance, skills and employability, and youth enterprise development in the Arab world. Areas of potential cooperation include educational and training materials, impact evaluation techniques, enterprise databases, civic engagement training, university entrepreneurship programs, online virtual internships, psychometric assessment tools to measure entrepreneurship potential, and access to finance and business development services for micro- and small enterprises. "As an organization focused on boosting opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship, with active programs in several Arab countries, Spark is a natural partner with Silatech. We look forward to developing sustainable, impact-focused programs together with Spark to benefit the youth of ths region," Silatech CEO Dr. Tarik Yousef said as he signed the agreement on behalf of Silatech. For his part, Spark Director Yannick du Pont said the cooperation will have immediate benefits for the youth that both organizations work with. "In the MENA countries, we both already have operations. We are working hard to create immediate synergy between our programs, which can only benefit the young entrepreneurs we work for. Moreover, Silatech is clearly a leader in this field in the Arab world and we are learning a lot from their approaches and in depth knowledge of the region." Silatech is a regional social initiative that works to boost employment, entrepreneurship and civic engagement opportunities for young people throughout the Arab world. Spark is an independent international development organization that develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower ambitious young people to lead their conflict-affected societies into prosperit
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