Government to invest in young people — Awal

BY: Daily Graphic
Mr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal (left) addressing the particpants in the summit
Mr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal (left) addressing the particpants in the summit

The Minister of Business Development, Mr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, has touted the government’s achievement in empowering the youth and young entrepreneurs, saying it shows the government’s commitment to invest in young people.

He listed a number of policies and initiatives undertaken by the government so far as evidence of its commitment to improve the lives of people.

“In our eight months in office, within three months we were able to assemble the most competent team to manage this economy. There's nothing more important in this world than investing in people, particularly young people,” Mr Awal said.

Forty under 40 Awards

Speaking at the Forty under 40 Champions Summit and Exhibition where young businessmen and achievers under 40 gathered to have a dialogue, he said: “As a government, we are making choices and we decided that we will invest in young people, make them highly competitive and make them assets to this economy.”

The Forty under 40 Awards are an initiative of Xodus Communications Limited which seeks to identify, honour and celebrate a cross-section of the nation's most influential and accomplished young business leaders under 40 from a wide range of industries who are committed to business growth, professional excellence and community service and have risen up the ranks in their companies or industries at a relatively young age.

Xodus Communications, a local events management company, is credited with the Ghana Oil and Gas Awards, the Ghana Manufacturing Awards, the Ghana Aviation Awards and the Ghana Auto Awards.

The awards are in collaboration with the Ministry of Business Development and Ernst and Young.

They are, among other things, aimed at recognising and celebrating 40 emerging leaders under 40 who demonstrate or impact personally and/or professionally through their exceptional leadership, identifying projects and individual achievements that have enabled young achievers to set themselves apart from their competitors and produced clear and compelling value, return on investment and other relevant results and encouraging upcoming youth that excellence and success can be achieved at a very young age.

The Under 40 Champions Summit

The Under 40 Champions Summit is an educational and networking event for shortlisted nominees.

It brought together over 100 entrepreneurs and chief executives under 40.

The summit offered participants a one-day retreat in order to gain new perspectives on their businesses. It also gave them a networking platform to interact with industry’s present and future leaders.

Attendees had a full day session with the strategic business consultant, Dr Ato Conduah, and Prof. Robert Ebo Hinson of the University of Ghana Business School.

Through the plenary sessions, panel discussions, debates, keynote addresses, interviews and presentations, participants engaged in dialogue with top-notch business leaders, inspiring practitioners, change agents and thinkers from across the country.

According to the Events Director, Mr Richard Abbey Jnr, putting the spotlight on those young achievers would not only celebrate them but also build a strong platform for them by giving a voice and opportunities to the next generation of industry pacesetters, while building a positive attitude in the youth to strive for excellence.

He said 121 nominees from 40 different industries were competing for 40 trophies in this year's event.

The event is slated for the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra on September 29, 2017.