CSOs, AGIs, NABCOs, FBOs are next on Stakeholder Engagement YOUSTART

The government has concluded the first phase of its engagements with YouStart stakeholders.

This comes after engaging the latest group of government institutions, regional ministers and municipal, metropolitan and district chief executives from the Eastern, Volta and Oti regions in Koforidua on Wednesday 1st June 2022.

The government is expected to begin phase two of stakeholder engagements on Monday, June 6, 2022.

During the meetings, civil society organizations, the Ghana Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Ghanaian Industries, identifiable youth groups, NABCO beneficiaries, faith-based organizations and the media will be engaged to sensitize them on the program .

It is also a way to get their feedback before the launch by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Speaking at the latest engagement program for some government institutions, Local Government Minister Dan Botwe said that due to the potential impact of the YouStart program on the local economy, MMDCEs need to be made aware of the program before its launch.

The Deputy Finance Minister, Dr. John Ampontuah Kumah, said that having engaged all regional ministers and MMDCE, the government will now engage with various bodies and groups.

Representing Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta at the meetings, he said they were aimed at fostering understanding and acceptability of the program.

“So far, we have engaged them and asked them to set up local YouStart offices before the launch,” the Ejisu MP said.

He added, “In the coming days, we will also be engaging with civil society organizations, the Ghana Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Ghanaian Industries, identifiable youth groups, NABCO grantees, faith-based organizations and the media.

“Over the past few years, the government has been working to reduce the unemployment situation in the country by recruiting in the public sector, NABCO, 1D1F, planting for food and jobs, among others.

He said: “To drastically reduce the number of unemployed, the government has introduced YouStart, targeting one million jobs over the next three years.

“So we want to make sure everyone is involved in the planning and execution of the program. That’s why we spent time making this commitment,” he said.

YouStart is financed by the Electronic Transfer Levy.