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EU celebrates Europe Day with focus on youth and skills in Ghana

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The European Union in Ghana celebrated Europe Day in a grand style with a reception and exhibition showcasing the diverse skills of Ghanaian youth. The event was in line with the launch of the “European Year of Skills” in Brussels and emphasized the EU’s partnership with Ghana while celebrating shared values of peace, democracy, and development. The event was attended by Ambassadors of EU Member States, Ghanaian Ministers and officials, members of the diplomatic corps, traditional rulers, development partners, private sector representatives, civil society and creative industry representatives.

The celebration of Europe Day in Ghana focused on Youth and Skills, highlighting the EU’s commitment to equipping the youth with the right skills to thrive. The EU Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Irchad Razaaly, noted that a young, dynamic, and skilled workforce reduces unemployment and boosts sustainable and inclusive growth. He reiterated the EU’s support to Ghana’s economic and social development, including job creation, vaccine manufacturing, environmental protection, and security.

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The EU’s commitment to Ghana’s development agenda was acknowledged by Hon Mustapha Ussif, who thanked the EU for its support. He emphasized the value of Ghana’s partnership with Europe in advancing the country’s development agenda, especially in the area of youth and skills. He said that investing in the youth remains a top priority of the government, and they are happy for the EU’s continuous support in that direction.

For the most part, the EU will celebrate ‘Europe Month’ through various activities on Youth and Skills, aiming to equip the youth with the skills to thrive and achieve their ambitions. These activities include a Job Fair for young job seekers in Tema, an exhibition of youth-led SMEs in Accra, the launch of the Jobs, Migration and Development Project and EU-Ghana Pact for Skills together with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations. Additionally, a Ghanaian-European fusion concert and music workshop for children in Tamale, as well as film screening and fireside chat in Jamestown, Accra.

In a nutshell, the celebration of Europe Day in Ghana emphasized the importance of investing in youth and skills for sustainable development. The EU’s commitment to Ghana’s development agenda was reiterated, and various activities have been planned to equip the youth with the necessary skills to thrive. It is an indication of the EU’s dedication to fostering partnerships with African countries for sustainable development.

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