JAK Foundation launches Young Entrepreneurs Network (K-YEN)

By
Emmanuel Asante Attakora, GNA

Accra, Sept. 27, GNA –
The John Agyekum Kufuor (JAK) Foundation, has launched the Kufuor Young
Entrepreneurs Network (K-YEN), aimed at supporting young Ghanaian entrepreneurs
to grow and develop the entrepreneurship skills.

The initiative, which
would assist, consolidate and build a sustainable enterprise through capacity
building activities, like coaching, mentoring, training seminars and accessing
finance, would establish local and foreign partnerships to further build the
capacity of K-YEN members.

Professor Baffour
Agyemang-Duah, Chief Executive Officer of JAK Foundation said, with the kind of
partnership supporting the K-YEN initiative, members would be well trained to
embrace the crucial role Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) play in Ghana’s
economy.

Mr. Muhammad Awal,
Minister for Business Development, thanked the former President for his
laudable initiative, which he said, must be supported by all Ghanaians to grow
and develop young minds to venture into entrepreneurship and urged the team to
make the best out of the opportunity.

“This initiative is a
sustainable one, which must be well nurtured and helped to develop. I am urging
these young ones to be moved by their desire and never entertain doubts.

“I would use this
platform to pledge my Ministry’s support to this partnership and networking to
develop a capacity in developing the nation”.

Former President John
Agyekum Kufuor, Founder and Chairman of JAK Foundation said, the inauguration
of the 15 pioneers of the K-YEN network is a flagship product from the JAK
Foundation, which would be primed to become the future captains of the
entrepreneurship industry in Ghana.

According to him,
leadership was key in the development agenda of any nation and he was looking
forward to seeing a new breed of business leaders, who would help to sustain
the country’s economic developments.

“Leadership in all
spheres of life, especially in governance and business, would require
transformational leaders to successfully develop our society and that is why as
soon as I retired as president of Ghana, I founded the Foundation to advance my
vision of preparing young people for leadership.

“I am happy that the
K-YEN has been formed to transform the future leaders of Ghana and hopefully
Africa at large, bringing young entrepreneurs together for grooming, affirms
the necessity to strengthen the leadership of the private sector” he added.

GNA

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