E/R: Ghana Enterprises Agency Supports 1,300 Youth With Start-Up Equipments
The Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation has supported some 1,300 youth with business start-up equipments after undergoing apprenticeship training across the Eastern region under the Young African Works initiative.
The graduands who are into tailoring, hairdressing, barbering and others were each given equipments to aid them start up their own business ventures.
The initiative which was designed by the Ghana Enterprise Agency and MasterCard foundation is geared towards creating opportunities especially for women, girls and the youth by helping in creating dignifying jobs.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Akyem Oda in the Birim Central Municipality attended by graduands across the Eastern Region, the Chief Executive officer (CEO) of Ghana Enterprise Agency, Kosi Yankey-Ayeh said she was overwhelmed by the number of people who have applied and encouraged many of the youth especially the youth to take advantage of the initiative to help in the creation of jobs in the region.
She appealed to the beneficiaries to make good use of the start-up kits by creating jobs for themselves using them and assured them of coming back to assist them grow their businesses once they start using them.
Mrs Kosi Yankey-Ayeh added that women’s economic empowerment was one of the world’s most promising areas of investment, biggest emerging market, and talent pools yet to be tapped.
Meanwhile, the Eastern Regional Minister Seth Kwame Acheampong
lauded the initiative and added that the need to create jobs for skilled and unskilled unemployed persons was a responsibility of not only government but private sector and development partners.
He said so far about 1,300 has so far been trained which will ensure sustainable job creation.
Mr. Acheampong, added that 95% of the beneficiaries are women who mostly travel to other parts of Ghana for greener pastures which will soon be a thing of the past.
Some beneficiary of the tailoring, hairdressing and dressmaking thank Ghana Enterprises Agency and MasterCard Foundation for their kind gesture.
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