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YED commends rLG and calls on Government to support youth in social enterprise

In an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the youth and identifying technology as one key area in boosting economic development, we wish to commend rLG Communications Limited for the vision to set up the HOPE City.

We hold the belief that with ICT, it is possible to turn brain drain into brain gain and in the end have brain circulation thereby leapfrogging Africa’s development. The rate of ICT diffusion is correlated to the general level of socioeconomic development and as a developing country we have to necessarily take advantage of this. The world over, firms that use ICT, grow faster, invest more and are more productive and profitable that those that do not.

We embrace government’s partnership with the private sector in this venture and call for more of such partnerships with indigenous companies that have shown the commitment to help grow the Ghanaian economy.

YED would want to encourage government to show transparency in the support it seeks to give the HOPE City project. Government must show the same level of commitment in other key areas such as Agriculture which has the potential of yielding over four times the investment in ICT. ,

The youth of Ghana must be commended for developing social enterprise projects that seeks to reduce poverty. We have shown that when given the little push, we can contribute effectively to the socio economic development of Africa. Roland Agambire and other likeminded youth must be celebrated and encouraged to do more.

On this note, YED is willing and ready to collaborate with Rlg and other private institutions to create an enabling platform to harness the talents of the youth in realizing this great Africa dream. Indeed Previous Generations have failed to safeguard the future of this African Landmark. Now is the moment for us to come together to create something more representative of Africa this Century: Young, dynamic and better- Governed.

Harold Boateng- Member, Technical Board
Nana Yaw Adutwum- Member, Technical Board
Kate Dwamena- Member, Technical Board
Yaw Adu Gyamfi- Member Technical Board

The Youth Economic Dialogue (YED)
Twitter: @africayed

About YED
The Youth Economic Dialogue is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to empower the African youth in policy making and devote their services for the economic uplift of Africa. YED operates as an Economic Think Tank for youth and by the Youth. The key focus for YED is; articulation of problems and aspirations of the youth, and the role which they can play in dealing with key contemporary challenges.

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