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GUBA careers connects the diaspora to Ghana

INSPIRE: Mrs Uche Ofodile, Facebook's Regional Head of Africa for Express WiFi, addressing the Audience.jpg (Photo credit: A-klass Official)

GUBA'S RECENT careers event (10 February) took place in London (UK) and focused on bridging the gap between professionals in the diaspora and companies in Ghana, by connecting young professionals looking to move to Ghana with recruiters from several organisations.

Dubbed ‘The Diaspora Transition 2018’, it aimed to equip participants with advice and practical steps to repatriation and finding employment in Ghana.

In a keynote address, His Excellency Papa Owusu-Ankomah, Ghana’s High Commissioner to the UK & Ireland, said the Ghanaian government has introduced various programmes to boost youth employment.

He further explained that the government’s policy initiative, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP), is expected to create a supportive system for young Ghanaian entrepreneurs of up to 35 years old, tax holidays of up to five years for young Ghanaian entrepreneurs, and tax holidays for start-ups based on the number of people they employ.

“There have also been an introduction of tax credits and other incentives for companies that hire young graduates of tertiary institutions.”

ESTEEMED: His Excellency Papa Owusu-Ankomah, Ghana's High Commissioner to the UK & Ireland (Photo credit: A-klass Official)

Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio, Director of the Diaspora Office at the Office of the President of Ghana and representatives from the Ghana Regulatory Agency, Messers Julius Kantum and Samuel Sakyi Duodu led thought provoking conversations on the routes to obtaining Ghanaian citizenship, pointers for tax and overcoming the hurdles of customs.

Mr Edward Effah, Group CEO of Fidelity Bank (Ghana) and Mrs Uche Ofodile, Facebook's Regional Head of Africa for Express WiFi, shared their inspirational stories of transitioning back to Ghana and how they overcame obstacles on their journeys. They also shared the GUBA vision and encouraged the audience to return home but make the necessary preparations before making the transition.

In her closing address, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the GUBA Enterprise, Dentaa Amoateng MBE, urged Ghanaians in the diaspora to take advantage of the economic upturn in Ghana.

She said: “As British-Ghanaians, the onus is on us to look towards our motherland with a sense of patriotism that compels us to sacrifice ourselves and our resources to its development.”

Ms Amoateng stated that past and present governments have made it a matter of policy to reach out to members of the Diaspora and thus wants to use GUBA Careers to bridge the gap between the Diaspora and Ghana.

The GUBA Careers 2018 was sponsored by commodity training and processing company, ECOM Ghana and global law firm, Clyde and Co.

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