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14 Mar 2019
2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year and 2019 Commonwealth Awardee - Johanan Dujon, CEO, Algas Organics receiving his latest award from Saint Lucia's High Commissioner to London, Guy Mayers

Saint Lucian entrepreneur Johanan Dujon, is among four exceptional young people from India, Nigeria, the Solomon Islands and the Caribbean who received top accolades at the 2019 Commonwealth Youth Awards in recognition of their efforts to end hunger, sexual violence, improve sanitation issues and combat climate change.

Twenty-five-year old Dujon who was the recipient of Invest Saint Lucia’s 2017 Young Entrepreneur Award, is the founder of an indigenous biotechnology company ‘Algas Organics’, which develops high quality commercial agricultural products from harmful Sargassum seaweed.

These products unblock fish landing sites and reduce the harmful effects of the seaweed’s hydrogen sulphide emissions on local communities.

Speaking at the prize-giving ceremony which was held at the Commonwealth’s headquarters in London, where winners shared a £12,000 grant for their innovative projects, Dujon remarked that he is proud of the fact that this ingenious product has managed to combat, albeit to a certain extent, the debilitating effects that the Sargassum seaweed has been having on Saint Lucia’s vital tourism and fisheries industries.

“Saint Lucia heavily depends on tourism. This seaweed problem has been having a crippling effect on our tourism and local fishery sector.

“We have developed a process to transform this seaweed to highly quality fertiliser that we now export to other countries.”

Dujon further stated that he plans to use his grant to expand his work to other affected small island states as far as Africa and the Pacific.

In offering his congratulations to the budding entrepreneur on yet another crowning achievement, CEO of Invest Saint Lucia Roderick Cherry indicated that ISL has been working closely with Dujon over the last year with a view to assisting him with the establishment of a larger facility, retrofitted to accommodate his growing needs.

“We are indeed proud of Johannan and all that he has accomplished since he brought this idea to life. ISL has built a relationship with him that we anticipate will be a win-win for all involved and will help take this product world-wide.”

Every year the Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work recognise the exceptional contribution of young people, aged 15-29, in 53 Commonwealth countries, who are leading initiatives in view of the sustainable development goals.

From more than 500 nominations from over 45 countries, 16 finalists were chosen by a panel of judges including representatives of high commissions, partner organisations and young leaders.

This is the 30th year of the Commonwealth Youth Awards which are run by the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) to promote the innovation, creativity and potential of young people in solving socio-economic and environmental challenges.