Mr. Dela Gadzanku, the Volta/Eastern Chair of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), has said the interest of the youth in entrepreneurial opportunities remained weak despite government and stakeholder efforts.
He said the AGI would drive a new change to help stem unemployment.
Speaking at the interactive breakfast meeting with youths in Ho, Mr. Gadzanku said the AGI, in its quest to encourage the youth to into entrepreneurship, had formed the ‘Young Entrepreneurs Roundtable on SDGs.’
“We are hoping for a level of change. There should not be unemployment because the opportunities in the country are vast and foreigners are taking advantage.
“We could form a ‘Ghana Young Employers Association’ instead of the Ghana Unemployment Association. Ghana is developing and the opportunities abound, we must all take advantage of it,” he said.
Mr. Gadzanku called on promising industrialists to broaden their perspectives and reap from the growing trade and business opportunities, including the continental and global free trade.
Mr. Solomon Amankwah, Executive Director of the Roundtable, said the initiative was to help promote the attainment of the SDGs.
It is sought to leverage the role of the private sector.
It would provide training workshops and workspaces, including business matchmaking opportunities.
A ‘youth enterprise development centre’ would be established to encourage access to global online trading and business platforms.
“Entrepreneurs form the vital core of the nation’s economy and we need to propel them. The Roundtable has been structured to take them from ideation to implementation,” the Director said.