The Youth Development Corporation (YDC) of the United States of America on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with three Ghanaian government agencies, including the Ghana Digital Centers Limited, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation Foundation (GNPC) and the National Service Scheme ( NSS).
Signed at the YDC office in Saginaw, Michigan, in the presence of the Mayor of the City of Saginaw, Brenda Moore, the Chairman of the YDC Board, Gary L. Loster and other dignitaries, the MOU between the partners aims to expand its operations in Africa, which is designed to provide job training, youth exchange programs and fundraising to support the activities of these government agencies. The purpose of YDC USA is to empower and help underserved youth with the essential social, vocational, academic and life skills needed to navigate a positive path to self-sufficiency and community responsibility.
Under the terms of the partnership, YDC-USA is partnering with the 3 Ghanaian agencies that are already involved in various youth development programs in Ghana to have its footprint in the West African country.
In his brief remarks, Managing Director and Founder of YDC-USA Eric Eggleston said his team decided to partner with Ghanaian agencies when Hon. Kwadwo Baah visited his team and indicated that his services will help in develop the youth of Ghana by providing them with employable skills. . Moreover, Ghana has a stable environment which is very conducive for any developing economy.
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Hon. Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, Managing Director of Ghana Digital Centers Limited, who led the Ghanaian delegation, congratulated YDC-USA for this partnership.
He revealed that he started talks with their US partners in November 2021 during a private visit and was pleased that the talks bore fruit to result in the signing of a memorandum of understanding.
Hon Agyemang noted that his joy was even greater at the opportunity the partnership intends to give to the peoples of the two countries.
”I am extremely happy that in this partnership, we can have the chance to explore the training and skills development potentials of our young people and, in doing so, create jobs to reduce the unemployment deficit of the country ” , hinted the CEO of GDCL.
On his part, Dr. Dominic Eduah of the GNPC Foundation said his outfit was happy to have such a platform to train and also equip the youth of Ghana. He noted the Company’s commitment to upholding the principles of partnership and ensuring it does its part to make the deal work for both countries.
Ms. Gifty Oware Mensa, Deputy Chief Executive of the National Service Scheme, who represented her patron, Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi, applauded the deal and said her team was harnessing the opportunities arising from the partnership so that they can train and secure most young Ghanaians. permanent jobs after compulsory service. She pledged her commitment to ensure that the partnership benefits both Ghanaian youth and their American counterparts.
A government communications official, Maame Yaa Aboagye, who was part of the delegation, praised President Akufo-Addo’s leadership, saying that under his tenure, these public agencies have been revamped and many are functioning at effective levels.
She reiterated that Ghana’s national service program has successfully introduced a system whereby personnel certificates are mailed directly to them. Following the Covid pandemic; Ghana’s digital hubs have extended their reach beyond the capital Accra, bringing digital solutions to the doorsteps of people across the country; and the GNPC Foundation continues to play a crucial role in ensuring that schools and other institutions acquire the necessary resources to comply with Covid 19 safety precautions.
Indeed, these goals are consistent with the Youth Development Corporation’s goal of empowering and equipping young people with the skills and resources to thrive.
Regardless of the differences in the scope of activities of the various organizations, they are united in their common commitment to youth development. Indeed, each entity performed very well independently. Thus, I have no doubt that this collaboration would have an even greater impact and wider reach.
It is a mutually beneficial collaboration. Thus, members of the Youth Development Corporation are sure to benefit from the interaction with their colleagues in Ghana, while Ghanaian SOEs also share and glean the knowledge and experiences of their YDC colleagues. Yes, the benefits of collaboration between public companies and the Youth Development Corporation transcend institutional and national boundaries.
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