Microsoft Ghana Works for Youth Employment

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Derek Appiah, the new country manager of Microsoft Ghana, is devoted to improving youth employment and developing ICT skills for youth more generally, which he thinks are far too low at present. Youth unemployment is a serious problem in Ghana, with the World Bank estimating youth unemployment at 65% in the country.

He says, “Young people are an asset to our society, and even more so if they are adequately equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to create a brighter future for themselves and for Ghana.”

Appiah’s plans include “developing youth employability skills,” which he expects to also have a positive impact on the business environment in the country. He also hopes to expand Microsoft’s impact more generally in the country, saying, “I believe there is enormous potential for technology to change lives in the emerging world, so this is an opportunity to make a big impact using Microsoft to enable productivity for businesses, government and consumers.”

“What I love most about Ghana,” Appiah says, “is its young and vibrant population. They are peace loving and punch above their weight intellectually, making them the perfect candidates to take the country forward if they can acquire the necessary skills.”

Source: Simnikiwe Mzekandaba, ITWebAfrica