Prior to the launch of the YouStart programme, the government initiated nationwide stakeholder engagement.
These commitments, according to the government, are part of the measures put in place to ensure that the YouStart program is well understood by Ghanaians and has the necessary support and acceptance by Ghanaians.
At a ceremony on Monday, May 23, 2022 to engage Regional Ministers, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executive Officers of Bono East Region, Ahafo Region, Western North Region, Ashanti Region and Bono in the Ashanti Region, Deputy Minister of Finance and MP for Ejisu, Dr. John Ampontuah Kumah stressed that the government will engage extensively in the YouStart program and incorporate feedback into the YouStart program.
“The YouStart program provides us with a unique opportunity to address the unemployment situation in the country and to identify and develop the potential of Ghanaian youth.
“To do this, we all need to join the government in pushing the YouStart agenda forward. That is why we will engage the Ghanaians before the president launches it,” he said.
Also present at the ceremony were the Minister of Local Government and MP for Okere, Mr. Dan Botwe, the Chief Executive Officers of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program and Ghana Business Agencies, Mr. Kofi Ofosu Nkansah and Ms. Kosi Yankey-Ayeh. , respectively.
The YouStart will be financed by the E-Levy.
YouStart is a program that aims to help young entrepreneurs access the 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.
The government, through the YouStart program, intends to build an entrepreneurial nation by providing some of the key enablers that make entrepreneurship successful.
These include access to finance and markets, mentoring, strategic partnerships and digital linkages, technical assistance and business advisory support service.
Given the high rate of youth unemployment in the country, the government intends to use the YouStart program to create more jobs for the economy and to support the expansion and growth of Ghanaian businesses over the coming years. next 3 years.