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YouStart: Gov’t wants you to be your own boss – Andrew Atariwini

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The government is certain that it cannot afford to hire everyone who is unemployed. For this reason, the government is giving young unemployed people the chance to launch their own enterprises. Furthermore, the government offers already-established firms the chance to prosper, grow, and hire additional workers. This is what the 2023 Budget Statement and Financial Policy, according to Andrew Atariwini, a member of the NPP’s Upper East Regional Communication Team, aims to address.

Mr. Atariwini said this when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show. 

“The government of the day has realised that it cannot be the biggest employer; it is only supposed to create the enabling environment. So the government is saying, young people, I am giving you an alternative. Don’t wait to be employed. I want to give you some capital, start your own jobs, start your own initiatives and hire your own people. What else are you looking for?” he asked. 

His comments were in connection to the government’s position on YouStart. 

“Mr. Speaker, in fulfillment of our pledge of building an entrepreneurial state, the implementation of the YouStart programme began this year. The programme was successfully piloted with 70 beneficiaries and an amount of GH¢1.98 million was disbursed to support youth-led (below the age of 40 years) SMEs in poultry, agro processing, ICT, textiles, and food processing sectors. Government has successfully signed an MoU with the Ghana Association of Banks (GAB) and eleven (11) other commercial Banks for the implementation of the commercial component of the programme.”

“Mr. Speaker, a launch for the District Entrepreneurship Programme (DEP) component of the programme was held on 14th November, 2022 and it is expected that the launch of the Commercial component of the Programme will occur by the end of 2022 to enable qualified beneficiaries access support.”

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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