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For Ghana to become competitive and productive through enterprise, it is imperative that the country's youth enhance their innovative and creative skills, and develop the capacity to build businesses that can withstand and compete with global business giants.


President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo made the statement on Tuesday, 17 July, 2018, when he presented cheques ranging between GH₵30, 000 and GH₵50, 000 to the ten finalists of the maiden edition of the Presidential Pitch competition at the Jubilee House in Accra.


President Akufo-Addo commended the ten young entrepreneurs for their determination, positive attitudes and forthrightness, and for their participation in the programme.


He challenged them to develop and enhance their entrepreneur skills in order to compete favourably with global businesses, saying that was the surest way that Ghana's manifest destiny and the capacity of the Ghanaian to construct a new, prosperous Ghanaian civilization, that reflected the values and culture, which had defined the Ghanaian people through the ages, could be realized.


The Presidential Pitch, a business idea competition module which aims to expand the entrepreneurial climate to enable Ghanaian youth come up with creative ideas that will help them develop into global giants, was recently held by the Ministry of Business Development in Accra. 


The programme also forms part of government's efforts to implement concerted policies and programmes that will create and expand the frontiers of ecosystem entrepreneurship skills among Ghanaian youth.


Nineteen-year-old lady Vanessa Limann, who was adjudged the winner of the competition, took home an additional GH₵25, 000 as a personal donation from the President.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)

Photo: ISD (Patience Lartey)