WASEN Ghana’s Involvement with Youth 20 (Y20)

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The Executive Director of WASEN Ghana, Mr. Isaac Aggrey has over the years worked with experts and development partners to establish sound knowledge of rapid and sustained economic growth, promoted access to sound economic content, policy frameworks and provided an understanding of the principles, key concepts and processes of developmental projects including having his voice heard in Youth 20 (Y20) policy recommendations to the G20 Leaders, Global Partnership for Youth in the post-2015 Development Agenda (GPY2015). European Commission Communication on Civil Society Organizations in Development, Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness and the Open Government Partnership among others.

During 2014, he was selected out of many applicants from around the world and handpicked among a finalist of 7 to present and propose policy recommendations on Getting around: Labour Mobility and Youth Entrepreneurship by top executives from the European Union Young 20 (EUY20), an official youth engagement group of the G20.

The aim of this program is to bring young people closer to the G20 leaders and provide a platform for young people to voice their needs, opinions and interests on issues relevant to the G20 agenda.

The G20 committed in its Fifth Anniversary Vision Statement to listen carefully to institutions and countries which are not in the group particularly emerging countries. Accordingly, Australia, 2014 president of the G20 continues to work with non-members to develop international understanding of the G20’s 2014 agenda, to promote the agenda’s benefits to the global economy and to seek views and input from young people.

The 2014 G20 summit was held on 15 and 16 November at Brisbane, Australia and brought together range of opinions and perspectives from member states and the business community.

The G20 is been supported by international organizations, including the Financial Stability Board, the International Labour Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization. These and several other organizations are invited to attend the 2014 G20 meeting.

Isaac recognizes the important role that the G20 leaders continue to play in advancing sustainable business models and markets to build an inclusive global economy and therefore plans to advocate and lobby around issues affecting young people in Africa. He has the opportunity now to engage with the G20 Investment Taskforce Team (Business 20, Deloitte Access Economics and Employment) to attract infrastructure Investment and Financial Services to young people in Africa.


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