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The Honorable Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr. Isaac Asiamah, has pledged Ghana’s readiness and preparedness to host the West African Secretariat of Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE-WA).

The Honorable Minister made this known at the launch of the CAYE-WA chapter in Accra on Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017, at the Erata Hotel, Accra.

According to him, lastest releases by the African Economic Outlook, placed Africa as possessing the highest levels of unemployment globally; said that, Ghana’s stance to host the CAYE-WA secretariat at time when most governments the world over are seeking innovative ways of solving the youth unemployment crisis is line with Ghana’s accolade as a leading advocate of Pan-Africanism.

Ghana, therefore, lauds the initiative of the Youth Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat on Youth Entrepreneurship development as a noble initiative which will go a long way to address the menace of most governments in West Africa which is youth unemployment.

The Hon. Minister further urged the West African Chapter of CAYE not only to develop their skills, creativity, innovation, knowledge and confidence, but more importantly, accelerate the socio-economic and political integration of West Africa through peer learning and networking.

In his concluding remarks, the Hon. Minister acknowledged the fact that the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Entrepreneurs- West Africa has come at an opportune  to help young people develop and build on their capacities let alone to support them to contribute meaningfully and to the sustainable development of their respective countries.

Participants were from Ghana and neighboring countries including Nigeria, Sierra-Leone and Cameroon. There were also solidarity messages, from the East African Chapter of CAYE and the Commonwealth Secretariat, London.

 

 

 

 

 

Following his appointment by the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Akufo - Addo, Mr. Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri has officially met with Management and Staff of the National Youth Authority.


The first District Chief Executive appointee of Garu- Tempane in the Upper East Region under Former President John Agyekum Kufuor’s administration was in office between 2005 and 2009.


Mr. Asigri, in his first address as the current Chief Executive Officer for the National Youth Authority, assured his team of his resolve to restore the National Youth Authority to its lost glories and also steer the affairs of the Authority to achieve the mandates and aspirations of government for the development of the youth of this nation.


Prior to his appointment as CEO of the National Youth Authority, Mr. Asigri run a business in food processing under a company named Upper Star Foods, for the local and Export markets. He also worked in the United States with Export of International Appliances Company between 2014 and May of 2016 until his return to Ghana.


Mr. Asigri who is married with a lovely son, is poised for action and success to position both formal and informal youth of the country into the job market.

The National Youth Authority (NYA) in partnership with the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) and with Technical support from the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT has concluded screening of applicants for the the Youth in App Development Module initiated by the NYA to train and equip 300 young people nationwide with employable skills and strategically position them within the ever dynamic ICT enclave.

As anticipated, when the call for applications was made; there were impressive responses from the young people. In all, a total of 1,208 responded ,whiles 614 turned up  for the aptitude tests,which were held in four(4) testing centers(Tamale, Kumasi, Takoradi and Accra).

Preliminary results show that many of the young people who took the test exhibited potentials in varied aspects of the ICT value chain; such as the hardware, systems applications and software development.

The four months intensive training is scheduled to start by the end of January 2017 at designated training centers in Tamale,Kumasi and Accra .

This program is aimed at creating the next generation of youthful IT Entrepreneurs in Ghana and attaining the Sustainable Development Goal of achieving higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technology upgrading development-oriented policies that support decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-small-and medium-sized enterprises.
 

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