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BIAT and CCIAT: PRIME Project launched.....

BIAT and CCIAT: PRIME Project launched.....

on December 10, 2014

Author: SuperUser Account/Wednesday, December 10, 2014/Categories: News

PRIME Project launched on December 10, 2014, on the premises of the Business Incubation Association in Tripoli (BIAT) at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tripoli and North Lebanon (CCIAT), its second public event titled, “Promoting Intergenerational Learning in Mediterranean Countries.” The BIAT organized the event in collaboration with the CCIAT, and the Jewelers Syndicate of Tripoli and the North.

The objective of the PRIME Project is not only limited to fostering intergenerational learning among silver/goldsmiths and to developing transferable mentoring schemes for intergenerational learning but also to transfer core skills in the sectors of silver/goldsmithing and gemology. Furthermore, the targeted groups are young entrepreneurs mainly planning to start up a business or to benefit from an existing one. The Project also covers entrepreneurs and young candidates willing to take over a family business in the field.

Director of the BIAT Mr. Fawaz Hamidi captivated the audience with his insightful take on the BIAT’s strategic role in creating job opportunities through socio-economic development projects. Mr. Hamidi also shed light on the essential methods and techniques necessary to help the silver/goldsmithing sector thrive and evolve.

Similarly, President of the CCIAT Mr. Toufic Dabbousi made a strong impression on the audience during his talk. He was of the opinion that society plays an important role in supporting the jewelry industry. Mr. Dabbousi said that for the industry to thrive it must have a strong and basic element at its core to attract both local and foreign customers. According to him, that element is “creativity.”

For his part, President of the Syndicate of Jewelers in Tripoli and the North Mr. Khaled al-Namel expressed his gratitude to the CCIAT and its partners for their initiative and promising plans for the future, which will provide new opportunities for Lebanon’s second-largest city. Mr. Al-Namel encouraged the audience to partake fully in the PRIME Project to ensure the welfare of future generations.

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The general aim of the project is to promote innovation in intergenerational learning, identifying, developing and disseminating effective models for the learning development and the professionalization of the younger generations and the generational shift of goldsmith, silversmith and gemology enterprises.

To this purpose the Prime project will provide 50 sub-grants to young people for study visits. The study visit is a short stay of three/five days in a host country for a group of young new or aspiring entrepreneurs engaged in the mentoring programme and project staff. The study visit includes presentations and on-site visits to businesses and business associations, educational and training institutions, training sites, exchange and sharing of experiences among the young new or aspiring entrepreneurs, exchange and learning on themes of common interest.

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PRIME | Promoting Intergenerational Learning in Mediterranean Countries




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