Executive Director of the Centre for Democratic Development-Ghana (CDD-Ghana) Professor H. Kwasi Prempeh, says Ghana needs to develop its human resources in order to achieve the much-talked about Ghana Beyond Aid (GBA)vagenda.
Prof. Prempeh was of the view that the realisation of the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda will remain a mirage if attention is not placed on enhancing the human resource capacity, especially creating in jobs for the youth.
In a CDD-Ghana breakfast meeting on youth unemployment, Prof. Prempeh noted youth unemployment must be looked at more keenly.
He specifically noted that the much-touted ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenda cannot be achieved and sustained if attention was not paid to job creation and the conscious investment in the country’s human resource base.
“Skills building and job creation must be encouraged, innovations and entrepreneurial ideas must be supported,” he said.
Other speakers at the meeting agreed Ghana will be able to stem the tide of youth unemployment if the government reviews its job creation and entrepreneurship policies.
Organized on the theme ‘Creating Jobs & Entrepreneurs for a Self-reliant Ghana’, the event triggered a deeper conversation on how government and other stakeholders can harness the potential of the youth, while taking a critical look at the various ongoing youth entrepreneurship initiatives to solve the unemployment problem in the country.
Prof. Prempeh believed it was critical for the youth to have a stake in the economy because the dangers associated with their inability to have access to employment opportunities cannot be ignored.
The US Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan, also reiterated that no country can thrive unless the youth was made a priority and are given the tools and support they need to create their future.
Story: Franklin ASARE DONKOH
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