The National Youth Authority (NYA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have collaborated to introduce a common platform for youth with entrepreneurial potential to interact with investors and donors to develop their ideas, ABC News can report.
The platform, YouthConnekt, will bring together business-minded youth and investors, as well as, donors and also serve as a platform where the youth can interact and share ideas among themselves.
The platform is also a hub where resource persons in academia, industry players, policymakers, youth organizations have been assembled to assist the youth to nurture their potential and develop their business ideas in order to reduce youth employment in the country.
Speaking at the event organized to introduce YouthConnekt to the public, Economic Analyst at UNDP, Sylvia Senu contended that the platform is purposely created to enable the youth develop themselves entrepreneurially and find themselves business opportunities.
According to the economist, YouthConnekt is a learning platform where the youth can also learn about other spheres of life such as health among other things.
“Youth Connekt is an initiative that started in Rwanda. The platform brings together the youth in order to help themselves in terms of business opportunities, health among other spheres. UNDP started the program in Rwanda and it helped the youth in diverse ways so it was decided that the platform be introduced in other countries,” the Economic Analyst said.
Commenting on the initiative, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority, Sylvestre Tetteh revealed that the motivation behind the introduction of the initiative in Ghana is to fight the youth unemployment menace in the country.
According to him, the youth in Ghana are poised with brilliant ideas which when nurtured will enure to the benefit of the country. He added that Ghana’s population is primarily youthful hence employment creation opportunities should be paramount to all policymakers.
“Everyone has a potential. It is not just for us to boast about it. The potential must be developed in order to benefit financially from it. More so, such potential must have the capacity to employ others when put to use. Africa and specifically Ghana’s population is very youthful. However, we always complain about unemployment but there are many ideas in the youth. It is in view of this that we have created this platform for all young people with business ideas to interact with other entrepreneurs, policymakers in order to develop their ideas through learning. There is also donor support that will help with the financial needs of the youth. Investors are also available on the platform to invest in viable ideas, “ the CEO of NYA explained.
YouthConnekt was first launched in 2012 by the Government of Rwanda through its Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) and UNDP under the UN’s Youth and Women Employment program together with a number of other partners from the public and private sector.