Last Wednesday, the government concluded the first phase of its YouStart stakeholder engagements after engaging the final group of government institutions, regional ministers and municipal, metropolitan and district directors (MMDAs) from regions across the East, from the Volta and the Oti to Koforidua.
The government is expected to commence phase two of stakeholder engagements from today in which civil society organizations (CSOs), Ghana Chamber of Commerce, association, identifiable youth groups, NABCO grantees, faith-based organizations (FBOS), as well as the media be engaged to sensitize them on the program and to get their feedback ahead of the launch by President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo.
YouStart is a program that aims to help young entrepreneurs access capital; training and technical skills that will enable them to start, create and grow their own business.
This initiative targets young people and students between the ages of 18 and 35 who have brilliant business ideas and viable businesses, and helps these people maintain, grow and expand their businesses and the creation of jobs in the economy.
Speaking at the latest engagement program for selected government institutions, regional ministers and MMDAs, the Minister of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development and MP for Okere, Mr. Dan Botwe, said that Due to the potential impact of the program on the economy, it was important that MMDCES be made aware of it before its launch.
Deputy Finance Minister and MP for Ejisu, Dr John Ampontuah Kumah, who represented Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, said the government would now engage with various organizations and groups to secure the understanding and acceptability of the program. .
“So far, we have engaged all city, metropolitan and district chief executives and asked them to set up YouStart offices at the local level before the launch.
In the coming days, we will also be engaging with civil society organizations, the Ghana Chamber of Commerce, Ghana Association of Industries, identifiable youth groups, NABCO grantees, faith-based organizations and the media” , did he declare.
In recent years, the government has made efforts to reduce unemployment in the country through recruitment in the public sector, NABCO, 1D1F, Plantation for Food and Employment, among others.
To reduce the number of unemployed, the government introduced YouStart, targeting 1 million jobs over the next three years.