Ministry of Youth and Sports Receives lead Donor Recognition from the Head of State Award Scheme

On Tuesday, 4 June 2019, Mr. Edwin Kimani, Africa Regional Director, of the Duke of Edinburg’s International Award Foundation paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto and presented to him the lead donor recognition from the Head of State Award Scheme.

The lead donor recognition is to show appreciation to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the key role it played in the successful organization of the 13th Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Forum 2018 hosted by the Head of State Award Scheme – Ghana.

According to Mr. Edwin Kimani, the Duke of Edinburg’s International Award is interested in ensuring that 500,000 young people are empowered and developed through various initiatives and programmes as advocated by the President H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the awards scheme.

Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto in his remarks mentioned that Ghana is always ready to partner and support the Duke of Edinburg’s International Award Foundation in programs that will improve the livelihood of the Ghanaian youth and thanked the Award Scheme for selecting Ghana as the host of a global event like the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Forum.

Present at the meeting was Ghana’s Ambassador to Egypt, Dr Winfred Nii Okai Hammond, Chief Executive officer of the National Youth Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri ,Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist, among several other dignitaries.

AFD Sport and Development Inspection Mission Pays Courtesy Call on Deputy Minister

The Ministry of Youth and Sports on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 participated in a sport and development inspection mission by the Agence Francaise De Developpement (AFD) in Accra at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Officials of AFD were welcomed by the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto, who briefed them on various measures undertaken by Government to transform Ghana’s sporting ecosystem especially in the area of sport infrastructure development and support for Ghanaian athletes.

According to the Deputy Minister, Government has instituted various mechanisms to ensure Ghana derives the maximum benefit from sports not just as a tool for entertainment but also as an enabler for socio-economic development.

“We are doing things differently when it comes to sports development, for instance towards Ghana’s preparation for the African Games in Rabat, an International Games Committee has been set up to ensure that they secure and provide the needed support for all the athletes we will send to the competition”, the deputy minister indicated.

He applauded the AFD for expression interest in the development of sports in Ghana and called on more developmental organizations to get involve when it comes to matters of sports.

Discussions were held on Ghana’s strategy and institutional setup with regards to the development of sport in Ghana and the role of various stakeholders especially federations, NGO’s and association in the development of sports in Ghana.

Madam, Chaira Campanaro of AFD, in her remarks said the insight gathered at the meeting will feed into the plans of AFD to develop a global sport strategy for the AFD.

Officials of AFD present at the meeting were Chaira Campanaro, AFD Project Officer, Antoine Buge, AFD Project Official and Thibout Dussud of the French Embassy, sport mission. Also present was the Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist and Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Dr Emmanuel Owusu Ansah

Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Pays Courtesy Call on Hungarian Deputy State Secretary

The Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto on Thursday, May 16, 2019 paid a courtesy call on the Hungarian Deputy State Secretary for Sports Facilities and Sports Relations, Mr. Peter Sarfalvi in Budapest, Hungary.

The courtesy call by the Deputy Minister forms part of series of programmes outlined by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to seek international collaborations as the nation prepares to host the 2023 African games.

Deliberations were held on issues of mutual interest particular matters of sports development for among both countries.

According to the Deputy Minister, the Ghana’s sport ecosystem is undergoing systematic and transformative reforms in areas of sports infrastructure, policy and human capacity building that will ensure that the nation is maximizing the benefits of sports as a tool for socio-economic development.

Hungarian Deputy State Secretary Hungarian Deputy State Secretary for Sports Facilities and Sports Relations, Mr. Peter Sarfalvi, in his remarks shared various insights on how the Hungarian Government is putting in a lot of efforts when it comes to sports facilities management.

The two countries are expected to participate in various sports exchange programs that will help in the development of sporting talents and also engage in various collaborations across the field of sports event management.

Present at the meeting was the Head of Department for the Deputy State Secretariat of the Hungarian Sport Facilities and Sports Relations, Mr. Ildiko Kmety, Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr.Frank Qusit and Sports Business Consultant ,Magnus RexDanquah.

Ghana to commence competitive Teqball games soon

The International Teqball Federation in Hungary has expressed interest in starting competitive teqball games in Ghana.

This came to light when the Ghanaian delegation led by Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto visited the Teqball International Federation headquarters and interacted with officials on the possibility of introducing competitive Teqball to Ghana.

The Ghanaian delegation is in Hungary as part of an International engagement earmarked by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to attract partnership, sponsorship and to sell Ghana’s sporting ecosystem as the nation readies to host the African Games in 2023.

Teqball is a sport played between two players as a singles game or between four players as a doubles game, it is played on a curved table and with a ball similar to a football, it is played with different parts of the body except the hands.

The maiden Teqball World Cup was held in Budapest, Hungary in 2017 with more than 20 participating nations.

Other members of the delegation include, Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist and Sports Consultant, Mr. Magnus RexDanquah.

Ghana 2023 African Games: Ministry of Youth and Sports and Hungarian Olympic Committee Forge Partnership

Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Hungarian Olympic Committee on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 held deliberations in Budapest, Hungary, on the sidelines of the Ministry’s international engagements towards ensuring that the 2023 African games to be held in Ghana is a success.

The Ghanaian delegation led by the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto held series of meetings including one with the President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, Mr. Krisztián Kulcsár as both parties explored best practices, partnerships and activities that can be deployed towards the organization of the African Games.

Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto thanked the Hungarian Olympic Committee for their readiness to support Ghana and indicated that the Ministry through the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), looks forward to working with them as they implement the various transformative proposals they have discussed.

Other members of the delegation include, Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist and Sports Consultant, Mr. Magnus RexDanquah.

Benfica to establish academy in Ghana

Portuguese soccer giant, Benfica is set to build a soccer academy in Ghana to unearth talents.

The project will be spearheaded by Ghanaian licensed FIFA agent, Seedorf Asante, who is partnering the club to undertake its first major work on the continent.

This came to light when Asante led a delegation which included the CEO of Global Football, Fernando Mendes; Benfica youth team Coach David Manuel and one of the club’s directors, Luis Miguel to meet the Minister of Youth and Sports (MoYS) Mr. Isaac Asiamah for a formal introduction and a briefing on the project.

He said the Academy will serve as a point of spotting talents and blend natural skills with the technical know-how to develop young players into great professionals.

Mr. Asiamah stated  that Ghana has a lot of talented youth yet to be identified and tasked the group to work hard to identify, train and nurture their skills to become world class players.

The government, he said, is committed to the development of the sporting infrastructure base of the country to help with talent development.

He said  the Ministry welcomes such initiatives which will go a long way to add to the existing infrastructure.

Mr. Asiamah pledged his outfit’s support and announced an action plan to engage all stakeholders and policy makers to ensure the academy dream becomes a reality.

The meeting also discussed how to promote soccer in children at younger ages and help them grow their talents professionally.

The team presented customized Benfica Jerseys to the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and Mr. Asiamah.

Credit: Ghanaian Times

Government, IMF, Accommodation Facility for Kayayei in the Offing

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Youth and Sports are set to build an ultra-modern accommodation facility for female head porters in Accra.

This was discussed when the IMF country representative to Ghana, Dr Albert Touna Mama, paid a courtesy call on the deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto at the Ministry on Friday, May 10, 2019.

According to Dr. Albert Touna Mama, as part of the social responsibility of the IMF, it is customary that when the IMF boss visits a country as she did in Ghana last year, she picks a charity she wants to support. The IMF local office in Ghana has therefore decided to build a center in Accra for female head porters especially when the IMF boss met and interacted with traders in Agbogbloshie market and Kayayei during her visit to Ghana.

The facility when completed will not only provide accommodation to Kayayei but also help them to learn a skill so they can move out of the streets permanently.

In response to the proposal by IMF Country Representative, the Deputy Minister, lauded the IMF for coming on board to support female head porters in Ghana, indicating that providing accommodation to them is an initiative that has already been captured in the manifesto of Government and so establishing one with support from the IMF is something Government will gladly want to be involved in.

“Is exciting to note that the IMF is stepping out of the financial sector and entering into the social space and we are happy to be a beneficiary of this move. The focus of Government is to reduce the disparities between the rural and urban areas, that is why Government has decided to execute the one village one dam especially in the north where the women usually migrate from. When this is done, we guarantee that there will be farming all year round reducing the tendency of moving down south during the dry season. More so, Government has created a development Authority for the Northern belt to create more opportunities plus the roll out of the one district-one factory initiative, however all these measures will take time, that is why we welcome your intervention of providing accommodation and a training centers for Kayayei whilst we roll out more measures to reduce the Kayayei phenomenon ” the deputy Minister said.

Present at the meeting was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri and Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist.

Ministry of Youth and Sports, Miss Ghana Foundation explores possible ways of collaboration

The Ministry of Youth and Sports and Miss Ghana Foundation on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, held a meeting to discuss potential ways of collaboration.

The discussions centered on issues relating to women involvement in sports, mentoring sessions for students, volunteerism, the pageants and involvement of more youth in activities of the foundation. The meeting also looked at the national youth development agenda and the role of the foundation.

Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto spoke about the need for the foundation to engage more with the ministry. He commended the foundation for ensuring that the Miss Ghana brand has stood the test of time. It must therefore be used to drive discussions on youth involvement in national development.

“ As a nation we can’t ignore the huge contribution such events have made to society, however, we need to change the outlook from just presenting awards to a winner to how we can use pageants as a vehicle to correct some of the ills in society” he said.

Mariam Inna Patty, the Chief Executive Officer of the Miss Ghana Foundation mentioned that a partnership with the Ministry will go a long way to enhance the ability of the foundation to work towards empowering more Ghanaian women across the country.

Present at the meeting was the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Frank Quist and Sports consultant, Mr. Magnus RexDanquah.

McDan ITF World Tour: Ghana has the Pedigree for Hosting Global Competitions

The Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto has lauded the McDan Group led by it’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Daniel McKorley, for successfully hosting the McDan ITF World Tour, Ghana 2019.

Addressing patrons at the finals held in Accra on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the Accra Sports Stadium, the deputy Minister indicated that the Ministry of Youth and Sports is charting a new policy path that requires that Government provides an unprecedent support to all “lesser known” sports in Ghana, a more reason why the Ministry decided to welcome and support the McDan ITF World Tour.

The Deputy Minister used the opportunity to admonish the Ghanaian press to be good ambassadors of sporting disciplines in Ghana, insisting that when the media writes and speaks about the achievements and positivies in Ghana’s sports industry, the needed sponsorship will be attracted to develop the ecosystem.

“Always sharing negative stories and not talking about great achievements like this; the hosting of the ITF World Tour in Ghana will rather hurt our sporting industry. Let’s all join forces to be ambassadors of the good things happening in the sporting industry” the deputy Minister urged.

Great Britain’s Benjamin Storrie emerged winner in the week-long McDan ITF World Tour after defeating Zimbabwean, John Lock by 6-4, 6-4 in Sundays finals.