Take advantage of opportunities created by Akufo-Addo in building the economy— Ken Ofori-Atta to youth
The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta has called on the youth to take advantage of the flagship programmes initiated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to develop their skills as well as gaining access to finance.
According to him, government initiatives including Ghana CARES Obaatanpa programme, the Ghana Enterprises Agency, (Formerly NBSSI) and the NIEP are initiated to provide jobs security for youth while helping to build the country’s economy.
Speaking at the Springboard Youth Dialogues, an initiative of the springboard Road Show Foundation he said those initiatives were designed to provide the youth with access to finance and skills in entrepreneurship, agriculture, small scale industries, tourism and trade.
Mr Ofori-Atta announced that the government was also establishing the National Development Bank to provide funds for those in the manufacturing sector.
“These initiatives together with the technological advancement available, provide the youth with abundant opportunities to nurture and grow their businesses”, Mr Ofori-Atta said, adding that, “The robust implementation of the aforementioned interventions, particularly the Ghana CARES programme will allow us to create a conducive, compelling and ultimately resilient economic environment fit for business, enterprise and innovation” he said.
On the Ghana CARES programme, the Minister said it has been designed to stimulate economic growth through increased investment in selected sectors, including agriculture, trade and industry, tourism, housing, science and technology and the financial sector.
He said specific efforts would be made towards providing the youth with access to finance and skills in these areas to expand the production and capacity.
Mr Ofori-Atta also underscored the need for the youth to grab the opportunities in technology as the world has now become more advanced technologically.
He mentioned the rise of Mobile Money and other efficient payment systems which has made life a lot easier as it allows for easy payment for goods and services.
“And to crown it all, with digital address systems and the multiplicity of delivery services, the product can be delivered to a client you may never meet in your entire life,” he added.
Mr Ofori-Atta advised the youth to persevere, have faith and confidence in themselves to achieve everything they wanted.
“Again, if you have failed in an exam or business venture, you’re not alone. I know how it feels. The lesson here is clearly to have a deep belief in oneself that it is possible. You just have to have faith in yourself and the confidence to do what you want to do” he added.