GIPC organises forum for young entrepreneurs

By Kodjo Adams, GNA

Accra, Aug. 8, GNA
– The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) has organised a forum for young
entrepreneurs to familiarise themselves with the operations of the Centre.

The forum, on the
theme; “Connect, Accelerate and Grow” was to share the Centre’s strategy and
expose the young entrepreneurs to the GIPC ACT 865 as well as sensitize them on
how to strategically prepare their businesses for partnerships.

Mr Yofi Grant, the
Chief Executive Officer of GIPC, said the forum was critical to develop the
entrepreneurial potentials of the youth to accelerate economic development
considering the high rate of unemployment.  

Mr Grant urged the
youth to focus on their skills and ideas and work hard to achieve their goals,
saying; “It is through hard work and perseverance that you will achieve

He encouraged them
to dress decently and work on their communication skills to catch the eyes of
investors, since they constitute a great value for business growth. 

Mr Grant said it
was imperative for young entrepreneurs to sacrifice their time to perfect on
their skills and potentials and not spend time on less important things that
would not profit their career. 

He urged them to be
creative and innovative and understand the market trends adding that the GIPC
had engaged in series of reforms to make investment attractive to both local
and foreigners.  

Mr Grant said the
Centre would be more aggressive on disseminating information about the
investment horizon to facilitate easy partnership among the business community. 

Mr Daniel McKorley,
the Group CEO of McDan Shipping, urged the youth to work on their attitudes to
succeed in life as attitudes contribute about 75 per cent to success while
skills contribute 25 per cent.

He expressed
concern about how some of the youth want to get rich overnight, stressing it
takes patience, discipline and persistence to achieve a realistic goal. 

Madam Hamdiya
Ismaila, the General Manager of Venture Capital, encouraged small and medium
enterprises to develop a good business plan to make it easy to access fund.


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