Business Dev’t Ministry Creates 20K Jobs – Awal
The Business Development Minister has said his office created 20,000 jobs in 2017 as part of efforts to create 230,000 jobs by 2020.
Ibrahim Awal told Accra-based Citi FM in London on the sidelines of the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce Investment Summit that: “We need to create over 230,000 jobs from my Ministry, alone, for the next two years to make sure we achieve the president’s vision of making Ghana business-friendly and helping young people to grow and own businesses. Last year , alone, we had over 20,000 done and as we support young businesses to expand, they then create the jobs and support young people.”
He said a lot of such jobs will come from the agriculture sector.
“Agriculture and agribusiness are key enablers. We think that if we have to get a lot of investments in these areas, we have a lot of young people who have ideas in that.”
According to him, “The macroeconomic fundamentals have improved significantly over the last 50 months, and I think this has set the stage for businesses to grow and our target of making young businesses grow and become, at least Africa-wide competitive, is on course.”
“As [of] now, we have trained over 7,000 young entrepreneurs and between 400 and 1,000 of them are going to be supported with funds to grow. The president’s vision of making Ghana the most business-friendly country in Africa is on course and I want to urge British entrepreneurs to partner with their Ghanaian counterparts,” he said.