Source:savannanews.com/Hamza Lansah Lolly:
The Deputy Chief Executive ofiicer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Mr. Akilu Sayibu is suggesting for the implementation of a programme to be known as the Youth in Export project aimed at getting more Ghanaian Youth into Export.
Speaking to the media in Accra on how GEPA can use the youth to promote the export of non traditional products and services, Mr Akilu Sayibu disclosed that he has personally submitted a proposal on a youth in Export project to his boss at GEPA to be done in collaboration with other state agencies to get the youth into export as a way of creating employment for them and to also contribute to earnings from NTEs.
According to the deputy GEPA Chief Executive Officer, agencies like the Youth Employment Agency, The National Youth Authority, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan, Masloc and the Ghana Buffer Stock as well as the National Service Secretariat are some agencies that has programmes and services that GEPA can collaborate with them to get as many youth as possible into the youth in export project for the betterment of Ghana.
Mr Akilu Sayibu also told the media that the youth of Ghana constitutes substantial percentage of the population and a youth in Export project would be a good programme to get the yoth into export.
For instance, the NSS has farms and a collaboration with GEPA can lead to GEPA making proposals to the NSS on what varieties of crops the NSS should produce on their farms that has export potential and ready market.
MASLOC and NEIP could provide financial support to young entrepreneurs who would love to go into export business.
Mr Sayibu is hopeful that the management of GEPA and the potential agencies to be proposed for the Youth in Export project would see the programme as an excellent strategy to entice the youth into export and employment.