Mobilising the Ghanaian and Franco-Ghanaian Young Professionals in France

An original and thoughtful idea on how Ghana can move forward with its young professionals in France playing a role and making a greater impact has come from HE Madam Genevieve TSEGAH, Ghana Ambassador in France. This laudable initiative of the Ambassador is to identify, register and mobilise young Ghanaian and Franco-Ghanaian professionals and entrepreneurs (between the ages of 18 and 35 years) in France, and bringing them together to build a sustainable working relationship with the government of Ghana to enhance socio-economic development in their country of origin.

Some participants at the meeting organized by Fedghaf for the Embassy
La Briche-Saint-Denis (93) - 05th March 2011

3ème from right : Nana Attah (Fedghaf)
1er from left : Alfred Ohene-Akonor (Sankofa)

The ambassador has entrusted the Federation of Ghanaian Associations in France (FEDGHAF) the task to inform, organise the initial contacts, and mobilise a cross-section of these young professionals for an eventual meeting or forum with the Embassy to discuss professional opportunities and share mutually beneficial information. The first action to this initiative came off last Saturday, 5th March 2011 at La Briche-Saint Denis, Paris, under the auspices of FEDGHAF. Nana ATTAH, the Youth Organiser of FEDGHAF was there to present this initiative to the few young Franco-Ghanaian students and professionals who got hint of this meeting and managed to make it. Those who could not participate in this first meeting at Paris but motivated to join this collective of young professionals are to contact FEDGHAF.

The President of SANKOFA Franco-Ghanaian Friendship Association, Mr. Alfred OHENE-AKONOR, attended the La Briche meeting to support and encourage the young Franco-Ghanaian professional to reconnect with Ghana – their country of origin. He said SANKOFA is open to support and accompany any feasible local development project ideas from these young professionals that would contribute to the socio-economic development of Ghana<. Mr. Ohene-Akonor advised that practical strategic approaches or programs should be devised by the Embassy and FEDGHAF for the inclusion of all young Ghanaian and Franco-Ghanaian professionals in France (not only in the Paris region) in this exercise for a reliable database to promote collaboration and networking.


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