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Ghana Startup Act Technical Working Committee pays courtesy call on new NEIP CEO

Last Friday, The Technical Working Committee of the Ghana Startup Bill had paid a courtesy call on the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovations Program (NEIP) at his office at Cantonments, Accra.

Leading the team was Mr. Franklin Owusu Karikari, Head of Business Support at the NEIP, who also doubles as the committee chairman.

Other committee members present were Sherif Ghali, Coordinator, Freda Yawson, Technical Advisor, and Solomon Adjei, Communications Director.

The Coordinator, Mr. Sherif Ghali, took the CEO through the content of the 6th draft of the Bill. He outlined the series of stakeholder consultations and amendments the Bill went through. He also presented the committee's 2022 work plan to the CEO and asked for his steadfast support, just as his predecessor did.

On his part, Mr. Kofi Ofosu, the newly appointed CEO of NEIP, welcomed the Bill and committed his support towards the processes leading to the passage and implementation of the Bill.

He commended the team and admonished them to continue the process and ensure all relevant stakeholders were captured in the Bill.

The technical working committee comprises NEIP, Ghana Startup Network, Ghana Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs, Ghana Hubs Network, Private Enterprise Federation, Eye4Policy, and Accra Digital Center.

The Ghana Startup Bill outlines the incentive framework necessary for developing entrepreneurship and decent job creation, per Sustainable Development Goal 8. The Bill has components such as Tax Holidays for startup businesses, Human resource support, Officing support, Gender inclusivity, and Funding and mentorship for Ghanaian startups.

When this Bill is passed, it is believed that it will accelerate job creation in support of the Government's vision to curb the perennial unemployment canker facing the Ghanaian youth.


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