As part of efforts aimed at consolidating existing relations with its key partners, the newly appointed C.E.O of the National Youth Authority Mr. Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri and some members of management of the Authority have paid a day’s familiarization and working visit to the offices of the UNFPA Ghana.

Amongst issues discussed at the meeting included strengthening the already existing cordial and rewarding relations between the two organizations and means to further enhance the flagship programme sponsored by the UNFPA and implemented by the Authority—The Comprehensive Sexuality Education, currently taking place in the ten Youth Leadership & Skills Training Institutes of the Authority.

Madam Erika J. Goldson, the UNFPA Representative a.i, expressed delight at the visit and pledged their continued technical and financial support for programmes, geared at youth development and empowerment and in line with the Organization’s mandate.

Amongst the leadership of the Authority that joined the C.E.O were, Mr. Richard Ebban Obeng, Deputy C.E.O responsible for Operations and Programmes and Mr. Ernest Amoako, Director (ICT) and responsible for UN Relations.




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.


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



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.


A former United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Dr Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella, has challenged the youth  of Ghana to seize the abundant opportunities Africa provides in order to be agents of transformational change on the continent.

He said there was too much negative information on Africa in the international news media, which generalised and exaggerated incidents happening in a country as though they were happening in the whole continent.

“But I want you, our children, to have a lot of hope, and see a lot of opportunity and have the confidence that you will transform this continent,” he told faculty and students of the University of Ghana, students of the Presec Senior High School and a cross-section of the public at the 2017 Aggrey-Fraser-Guggisberg Memorial Lectures.

The 2017 lecture was on the theme: “Africa: A continent of hope, opportunity and transformation.”

Lost decades

Setting the context, Dr Yumkella said although he did not subscribe to the perception, people believed that Africa had the Garden of Eden syndrome; “everything can grow here.”

In addition to that was the abundance of natural resources. 

In contrast, people living in temperate zones have to be creative in the production and storage of food.

With all the endowment, however, the continent, during  the 70s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s, seemed to have lost its way, with some people describing those periods as the “lost decades of Africa”.


Dr Yumkella pointed out that there were a lot of articles written about the continent which portrayed the hopelessness of the situation.


 Missed opportunity

Quoting Fareed Zakaria’s book, “The post-American world”, Dr Yumkella said the decades missed were decades when the world experienced the fastest growth rate in history.

Global output increased from about $22.8 trillion to $53.3 trillion by 2007 and before the financial crisis, global trade increased by 133 per cent, with China in that period taking over 500 million people out of abject poverty.

“But in Africa, in that same period, poverty increased,  with 93 million people, and in Ghana by 1975, the economy had shrunk by 12 per cent, inflation at one point was 30 per cent  and 116 per cent by 1997,” he said.

“That was Africa, while the world moving ahead, we were moving behind,” Dr Yumkella added.



“By the 2000s, change occurred,” he said, attributing it to change in govt structures; from bad regimes to good governance, fiscal discipline and the rhetoric of the international media.

Dr Yumkella said the projection now was that by 2050, there would be about 2.2 billion Africans, an opportunity for food production to feed the millions in Africa and others in the world.

He added that indications were that Africans had leap-frogged in embracing mobile technology, with the contribution of information technology (IT) to gross domestic product (GDP) projected to be 10 per cent by 2015.

Outlining five constraints to the achievement of the transformational projections, Dr Yumkella mentioned demographic transitions, investments, infrastructure development principally in the energy sector, good governance and climate change.

In managing the dynamics, Mr Yumkella proposed a developmental state with a progressive mindset on private sector development, clear policies on the energy sector and the use of Africa’s wealth to create opportunities for the youth.

Source: Graphic Online 29th March,2017

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