Official Attempt at GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the Largest Practical Seminar

ILO and Cambodia join forces to promote youth entrepreneurship

The ILO and Cambodian Ministry of Education Youth and Sports (MOEYS) are cooperating on an inclusive entrepreneurship training programme for youth and will make an official attempt at the Guinness World Record for the Largest Practical Business Seminar.

News | Phnom Penh | 24 August 2017
BANGKOK (ILO News) - The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MOEYS) will make an Official Attempt at the Guinness World Record for the world’s Largest Practical Business Seminar to raise youth awareness about entrepreneurship. With the current record being 1,231, the MOEYS / ILO initiative will seek to more than double this number.

MOEYS, supported by ILO/Japan Fund for Building Social Safety Nets in Asia and the Pacific (SSN Fund), has invited 3,000 youth aged 15 – 24 to participate in a one day event, drawing on participatory activities designed by the ILO, complemented by presentations from successful Khmer entrepreneurs.

This Official Attempt at the Guinness World Record, hosted by the celebrity, entrepreneur, and youth activist DJ Nana, will be followed by an Entrepreneurship Roundtable, a high-level panel discussion bringing together representatives of the public and private sectors with international speakers to discuss progress in Cambodia on promoting entrepreneurship and supporting new business development in line with national development priorities.

 In the words of the Minister of Education, Youth and Support, H.E. Hang Chuon Naron, “Everyone has the potential to be an entrepreneur.  It is our responsibility to give youth the opportunity to explore their potential and to prepare them for what might be ahead.”

 MOEYS and ILO have together initiated a national roll out of entrepreneurship training for in-school and out-of-school youth. The program draws on innovative new methodologies developed by the ILO for student centred learning though self-directed activities and discussion.

The official attempt at the Guinness World Record seeks to build on this work, raising awareness among youth in Cambodia about entrepreneurship as a pathway to decent work and to highlight the progress being made to support youth entrepreneurship in line with national development priorities.