President Akufo-Addo challenges entrepreneurial award finalists to develop skills
| Updated Jul 18, 2018 at 12:43pm
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo has challenged the ten finalists of the recently held Presidential Pitch, to develop their entrepreneurial skills in order to compete favourably with global businesses.
He said for Ghana to become competitive and productive through enterprise, it was imperative that the country's youth focused at enhancing their innovative and creative skills, and developed the capacity to build businesses that could withstand and compete with global business giants.
This, President Akufo-Addo said, was the surest way that Ghana's manifest destiny and in the capacity of the Ghanaian to construct a new, prosperous Ghanaian civilization that reflected the values and culture, which had defined the Ghanaian people through the ages, could be realised.
President Akufo-Addo threw the challenge to the youth entrepreneurs on Tuesday 17 July, 2018, when he presented a cheque ranging between GHC30, 000 and GHC50,000 to the respective finalists of the maiden edition of the Presidential Pitch Programme at theJubilee House in Accra.
Vanessa Limann, the 19-year-old young lady who was adjudged the winner of the competition – Presidential Pitch – took home an additional GHc25, 000 as personal donation from the President.
The Presidential Pitch – a business idea competition module – aimed at expanding the entrepreneurial climate to enable Ghanaian youth come up with creative ideas that would developed into global giants, was recently held by the Ministry of Business Development in Accra.
The programme, also forms part of government's efforts to implement concerted policies and programmes that will create and expand the frontiers of ecosystem entrepreneurship skills among Ghanaian youth.
In order to meaningfully contribute to the nation's development – creating jobs and wealth, President Akufo-Addo said, it was imperative the country's youth enhanced their capacity to think and create innovative products that will develop into global brands.
President Akufo-Addo commended the young entrepreneurs for their determination, positive attitudes and forthright for their participation in the maiden edition of the program, saying ""I was happy to be there that day and even happier to see you here today," he said.
He expressed optimism and expectation that the 10 beneficiary companies would grow to become global giants and create jobs and wealth.
Story by Bright Ntramah