New Chief of Staff leads gov’t delegation to Kenya

In his first assignment as Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah has led a government delegation to Kenya to share experiences around Kenya’s National Youth Service and Youth Empowerment Model.

The former Local Government and Rural Development Minister replaced Prosper Bani as Chief of Staff on Monday in latest changes at the seat of government, the Flagstaff House.

The aim of the visit is for Ghana to learn about how Kenya has restructured its youth development policies; the National Youth Service and the Youth Empowerment model.

The interaction when sustained, might lead to the creation of about 300,000 jobs per annum.

Kenya’s Youth Empowerment Model has two main components: private sector internships & training and capacity building & policy development. The objective of the project is to support the Government of Kenya to improve youth employability.

Parliament recently passed the Youth Empowerment Agency bill which when signed into law, will ensure proper oversight and efficiency in the management of the Agency.

The Bill covers aspects such as sources of funding for the agency and its application, tenure of office of members as well as the development of programmes.

The Ghanaian delegation’s visit followed a state visit by President John Dramani Mahama to Kenya in December 2014.

Julius Debrah noted in a press briefing after a meeting Monday, with Kenya’s Minister of Devolution – , CS Anne Waiguru, that his visit is in the spirit of South South Technical Cooperation that is aimed at sharing best practices.

He was accompanied by Deputy Minister for Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Acting C.E.O. of the National Youth Authority – Ras Mubarak, and Dr. Michael Kpessah Whytte, who’s the Acting Executive Director of the National Service Scheme.

The rest of the members of the delegation are Kobina Acheampong, Acting Executive Director of YEA, formally GYEEDA and Helga Boadi, National Coordinator of the Youth Enterprise Support.

The high level government delegation is in Kenya for four days.

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