Yesterday, Friday, 26th March 2021, I honoured the invitation from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Students’ Representative Council TRATECH Startup School at Kumasi Innovation Hub. Such a special day, and being the 1st President of Trade, Technology and Innovation Development Commission (TRATECH) back in my student days at KNUST, I was delighted to be presents for such an event.
As a strong advocate for the prioritisation of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, I commended the university for its upheld and demonstrated commitment to accelerating, training, mentoring and resourcing students to have desire for entrepreneurship and to startup their own businesses.
In my brief discussion with the able Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson, she rightly stressed that entrepreneurship must be the focus in our 21st century development agenda. She was of the view that the best way at it is to build capacity of employers not only job seekers.
She revealed that the university will in its pursuit raise money as startup fund to facilitate entrepreneurship, furthermore, she hinted that the university will be producing its bottled drinking water very soon. She was very happy seeing me back to KNUST to mentor the students.
I used the opportunity to advise the students to take advantage of different technology and Innovation-led entrepreneurship ecosystem to build the needed capacity and network for their entrepreneurial growth. Again, I admonished them to have strong passion for research whiles they hold on to the proper values in life to sustain their entrepreneurial journey.
Also, I called for greater investment in requisite enhanced technological infrastructure and advanced system architecture to provide the needed environment for business growth, where I inspected the Kumasi Innovation Hub. It was a moment of reunion when I met my former SRC President, Hon. Andy Osei Okrah (Fmr. Dep. Ashanti Regional Minister).
Hon. Dr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, Western Regional Minister and MP, Takoradi Constituency.