By Joseph Nana Yaw Cobbina
The NEIP under its mandate is seeking to create 1million jobs within three years through innovative development projects.
Speaking at a day understanding SME Ecosystem in Ghana, the CEO of NEIP Kofi Ofosu Nkansah was optimistic that this programme was put together by the Konrad Stiftung Foundation and the National entrepreneurship and innovation programme to come and discuss how government is supporting the ecosystem.
According to him, the role of the private sector is potations on the part of academia and then the stakeholders themselves, who are the beneficiaries and I think today we’ve had a very fruitful session.
The various government interventions, which are being rolled out as part of efforts to build an entrepreneurs for the nation.
According to him, the NEIP is to achieve fiscal consolidation also to create jobs for the young people of Ghana. Very ambitious programmes like us that which is a vehicle expected to create some 1 million jobs in the next three years for the young people of Ghana.
They’re going through economic transformation projects component tree under which any app is providing capacity building and support to the hubs across the country G is providing grants and other programme the venture capital trust fund is also provided funds to various fund managers for all model any to the ecosystem. And then you have programmes like the Greek economic inclusion that are gonna cause whatever programme where we’ve secured 10s of 1000s of acres for commercial farming, putting up posters within this enclave to attract educated youth into agriculture.
The Development Fund, which is being implemented by the Commission for TVET to give technical and vocational skills to young people and also to give them grants to start their businesses” he assured.
According to him, the list goes on and on within the various intrapreneurship support agencies to have all individual programmes.
“So there’s a lot going on, and what we did was to have an overview of it and to encourage young people to take advantage of it to grow their businesses so that in future we can have our own unicorns who contribute to our GDP as part of government’s plans to reduce importation of various products. We are supporting the young people to produce enough locally to add value to them” he emphasis.
The package gets regulatory support from the various regulatory bodies so that they will be certified for consumption locally and even for the international market and government cannot do it alone, so let’s put this together. The private sector have to play that’s civic role in ensuring that they can come out with good initiatives.
The beneficiaries have to play their part academia that have to do same and when all these forces come together, we can build a strong entrepreneurs in nation to achieve, constructive fiscal consolidation and also to create jobs for the youth.
“How did they get access to so most of their programmes so I listed on job portals, web portals, so any of the integration support agencies if you go on the national entrepreneurship innovation programme, website and social media handles our programmes are very similar again, enterprise is a JMC agency, same commission the Ghana school department, and other Enterpreneurial support agencies” he lamented.
He urged the youth who want to be enrolled on NEIP to just go on websites and look at five programmes and take advantage of the many programmes we are rolling out.
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