APD Ghana is an initiative of the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC), the Department of Economics of the University of Ghana, Legon, the Ghana Netherlands Business and Culture Council (GNBCC) with the support of the INCLUDE Knowledge Platform.
The event brought together the Government of Ghana Youth Agency; the National Youth Authority (NYA), the General Secretaries, and representatives of the 4 major political parties in Ghana (CPP, NDC, NPP, and PNC), as well as a section of the youth and private sector represented by Nestle Ghana Limited. A total of 20 persons attended in person and 15 persons joined online.
Keynote speakers for the event included Mr. Tijmen Rooseboom, the Dutch Ambassador for Youth, Education and Works (MFA, NL), Mr. Nelson Owusu Ansah, Deputy CEO of the National Youth Authority, Ms. Gladys Ofei, the Senior Trade and Information Officer at The Netherlands Embassy in Accra, and Ms. Sophia Benson, the HR Manager at Nestle Ghana. One theme that was common in all the keynote speeches was the need for a more collaborative approach to ensuring that the Youth in Ghana are well represented in the various sectors, with the requisite knowledge and skills easily accessible in order to meet the ever-changing demographics of the workplace.
In his opening address, Mr. Tijmen Rooseboom highlighted the Dutch Government’s approach to Youth Employment in its foreign policies in Africa. Ms. Gladys Ofei shared the opportunities that were available to the Youth in Ghana with the Embassy’s many programs ranging from scholarships to mentorship for young persons. Ms. Sophia Benson represented the role of the private sector in curbing youth unemployment in Ghana.