- The US Ambassador says US will partner Ghana's government to create more jobs for the youth
- Robert Jackson says the US will invest more in the agro-processing industry
The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, has hinted that the United States government is ready to partner Ghana to create enough jobs for the teeming unemployed youth.
According to the Ambassador, the US has identified youth unemployment as the root cause of political vigilantism in Ghana.
Robert Jackson spoke to Accra-based Citi FM, after interacting with the Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, in Tamale on Tuesday, January 30, 2017.
Ambassador Robert Jackson in his conversation, disclosed that the US will heavily invest in the agro-processing industry in order to absorb the majority of Ghanaian youth who are currently unemployed.
He therefore tasked the Regional Coordinating Council to identify youth groups who need to be empowered to be self-reliant.
“For years and of course as part of our Young African Leaders initiative, we are training young entrepreneurs and we give them small grants to start or to grow businesses, but the focus of what the regional minister and I are talking about tonight, is looking at youth employment in the context of agro industry,” he said.
Ambassador Robert Jackson also stated, “We talked specifically about Shea industry, the cashew industry and mangos, and there are a lot of crops that flourish in this region. I believe there is great potential. We need to explore this more, and we need to bring in other companies so we will continue to work and attract private investment with the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre.”
The Ambassador revealed that he has already visited the Northern and Upper East Regions to interact with chiefs and some opinion leaders to make the initiative a success.
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