With the aim of promoting an awareness of entrepreneurship as well as breaking Guinness World Records, the Ministry for Education, Youth and Sport launched an event called the “Guinness World Record attempt for the largest practical business seminar and entrepreneurship panel discussion”. The event was done in cooperation with Smart Axiata and the International Labour Organisation and was supported by the government of Japan.
Launching the event at Koh Pich, approximately 3,000 students joined with the aim of learning how to be an entrepreneur, how to plan a successful business and how to choose the right path in life.
Thomas Hundt, the CEO of Smart Axiata, who was the platinum sponsor of the event, congratulated H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, the Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, and the organising committee for all their hard work in launching the event and said young people can learn and convert this knowledge to create a better way of life.
Speaking at the event, Mr Hundt said: “Smart strives to be an enabler in Cambodia through connecting people with the fastest and widest mobile internet. People can see from the widespread tech innovation initiatives that Smart has collaborated on and the development of a new digital service offerings, the SmartStart programme, the E-book program, STEM initiatives, hackathons and incubator hub partnerships.”
Mr Hundt provided two crucial tips from his experience to participants which will be useful for future entrepreneurs, especially those present at the event.
“The first is the importance of hard work and the courage to take risks,” he said. “The second is the importance of lifelong learning. Stay curious and continue to learn at every step of your life journey. Smart will continue being at the forefront providing further possibilities for you and grow alongside the country!”
H.E. Dr. Naron, Minister of MoEYS, pointed out that gaining knowledge is crucial and important, and that the development of technology is beneficial. Young people have to have fundamental knowledge so as to help shape their futures, he said.
H.E. Dr Naron said: “By having advanced technology, the economy of Cambodia is progressing from a low income to become a medium income country. The ministry has promoted STEM at various levels, aimed at strengthening young people’s capacities and to serve new markets of economy.”
He added that a knowledge of entrepreneurship is really important as long as it can help to create a job market and for people to be qualified for jobs. He said young people have to learn the basics and it is fortunate that the event is privileged to have some very successful entrepreneurs and speakers to share their personal experiences.
“The event today are for those who wish to become future entrepreneurs,” he said. “You will all learn from experienced entrepreneurs, on how to prepare themselves with both hard and soft skills. For this reason, the ministry has cooperated with the ILO to train students about entrepreneurship as well as with Smart Axiata in promoting various programmes, including STEM, Technology Innovation and so forth.”
H.E.Dr. Naron thanked both the ILO and Smart Axiata and other sponsors for joining hands to make the event happen. He wished all the students success and said he hoped they would pursue their dreams.
At the end of the business seminar and event, many students were enriched with many new experiences and ideas on how be an entrepreneur, plan successful businesses, and choose their pathway in life. The setting is certainly set for a potential new World Guinness Record for Cambodia!