The problem of youth unemployment and underemployment is a major developmental challenge here in Ghana. There are record high levels of graduate and non-graduate youth unemployment rates standing as high as 20% (2008 World Factbook) and for the rural youth, job availability is still a fantasy. Employment creation remains a major priority in the country’s development agenda as it is clearly stated in the National Youth Policy. However, not much work has been done to fully attain the policy objective. Our Government is yet to really focus pragmatically on providing the youth with opportunities for employment and other job opportunities. It is my wish that we have an excellent opportunity made available for youth through:
• Promotion of the participation of the youth in modern agriculture as a viable career opportunity for the youth and as an economic and business option.
• the provision of resources for the participation of the youth in modern agriculture.
• building the capacity of the youth to discover wealth-creating opportunities in our backyards and environment;
• enabling the youth to have access to reliable and adequate labour market information;
• creating opportunities for young people to take advantage of available jobs; and
• training and preparing the youth for the global market.
Entrepreneurial development, among other factors, propels and accelerates socio-economic development. Entrepreneurship in Ghana need to be given the practical push instead of the mere talk by the stakeholders involved.
Entrepreneurial development will be achieved in Ghana through:
• integration of entrepreneurial skills into youth development activities
• facilitation of access to credit for the youth
• creation of corps of young entrepreneurs to serve as role models
• celebration of successful young entrepreneurs
• provision of needed tax incentives for young entrepreneurs in Ghana