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Toward AU Agenda 2063

 

Overview:

One key feature of Africa’s economic transformation is achieving the benefits of a Demographic Dividend.

The Demographic Dividend “is the accelerated economic growth that results from a decline in a country’s mortality and fertility and a subsequent change in the age structure of the population”.

Global experience have indicated that there are a multiple pathways to structural transformation and among the pathway processes, is the shifted economic activity from rural areas to the cities leading to an increase in the degree of urbanization with the attendant outcomes of social deviance: risky reproductive health including early pregnancies, drug related and substance abuse violence and crimes etc. 

One successful transformation posture entails unlocking the potential in wide range of areas, including matching the skills of large and youthful population to the needs of transforming economies and societies , better health and nutrition, and improved services.

Introduction:

The National Youth Authority from the standpoint of a key mandate to provide the youth with opportunities for skills training, employment and in the principle of “self-efficacy” is mounting nationwide outreaches towards youth skills and entrepreneurial developments with the goal to “achieve the rise of 5,000 youth, mostly the vulnerable and most at risk, influencing grassroots and local business by close of December 2017”.

The African Union Day Rally and Business Fair: May 22 – 27, 2017, Kumasi.

The above events are to bring together stakeholders in a shared atmosphere of tasks and responsibilities “to strategically manage the opportunities and risks presented by moving away from resource-driven economies towards diversified and productivity-driven economies”.

In addition, the event will empower the sense of redistribution of national economic and political power vis a vis the challenges of demographic transitions, energy sector infrastructural development, climate change; and good governance. 

The specific objectives are:

a. Enabling Stakeholders to appreciate reduction in cost of skills acquisition and infrastructural investment in addressing the challenges of extreme unemployment;

b. Exploring and motivating youth potential for inter-related livelihood skills and trending service areas such as hairdressing, tailoring, bakery;

c. Strengthening the links between education and labor market; and 

d. Promoting “hands-on skills” rather than the impractical academic courses that have no significant bearing on sustainability in the face of competitiveness in economic survival.

Methodology: a. Informal

1. There will be five (5) days of Mini-Exhibition  in the body image and grooming industry: i.e.

        i. Tailors  and Dressmakers; 

        ii. Hair Dressers and Beauticians 

        iii. Barbers 

2. The  display of exhibits of the Grooming Industry (i.e. Textiles, Pharmaceuticals, etc) and those whose business impinge on Body and Image grooming

3. Trade Focus Seminars for organized youth and those in the informal sector.

 

Methodology: b. Formal – “Job Shadowing” Project

There will be in Accra, at the Airport City, a formal “Entrepreneurship Boot Camp” simultaneously running alongside the Mini-Exhibition in Kumasi.

Under the direction of the African Internship Academy and Junior Achievement Ghana, over a 3,000 students and youth will undergo orientation in business and commerce industry:

      1. Diversified production and elements of productivity

      2. Productivity gains and competitiveness

      3. Technology growth and

      4. Human economic well-being.

 

The African Union Day Rally, May 25, 2017, Kumasi 

      1. Her Excellency, The Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana is the Special Guest of Honor 

      2. In attendance will include:

               i. The Office of Manhyia Palace

              ii. Leadership of Chamber of Commerce, Ashanti Region

             iii. Trade and Artisans Associations and Networks

             iv. Leadership of Financial Institutions and Industry Associations

Offer of Invitation:

      1. Industries (including yours) are invited to:

               i. Mount an Exhibition Stand

              ii. Support as per attached estimates         

             iii. Advertise and brand the event according to corporate specification

 

Conclusion:

A country’s economic transformation starts with growth. Combating poverty among the youth needs a sense of direction and a visible perspective: e.g. NYA focusing on the informal sector with emphasis on Most-At-Risk and Vulnerable young people. 

Positive Youth Development in the projections of the AU Agenda 2063 and of the Demographic Dividend recognize the utilization and harnessing young people’s strength by providing them with skills to position them as productive citizens and responsible future adults.

Your sponsorship and partnership in this direction is a national response and a boost to corporate social responsibility.

 

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