Cologne, 24.02.2023. Federal Development Minister Svenja Schulze and Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil visited Ghana to discuss opportunities to simultaneously alleviate the shortage of skilled workers in Germany and youth unemployment in Ghana. Several initiatives are to be launched soon. The German company AmaliTech has already been benefiting from the good infrastructure and many IT talent in Ghana for several years and has established a cooperation model. ARD* presented AmaliTech as an example in the Tagesthemen.
Federal Development Minister Svenja Schulze and Federal Minister of Labour Hubertus Heil discussed topics of development cooperation with the Ghanaian Minister of Labour Ignatius Baffour-Awuah. „[…] While many countries, like, for example, Ghana, are faced with the challenge of creating jobs for their young and growing population, demographic change in Germany means that we are desperately looking for labour in many areas. The example of Ghana is an illustration that we can find good joint solutions to address both the situation in our partner countries and the situation in Germany […]“,1 explains Federal Development Minister Svenja Schulze.
The ARD Tagesthemen** reported on the meeting in Ghana on the 20th of February. The solution provider AmaliTech was presented. Martin Hecker, founder and CEO, addresses both problems with his innovative and social business model. AmaliTech connects highly qualified digital experts from Africa with European companies.
“Communication is in English. In IT, we all speak the same language anyway. Beyond that, there are enough ways to simplify communication today,” says Sharaf Deen Okyere, Technical Account Manager at AmaliTech in Takoradi, Ghana, who was interviewed during the programme.
All surpluses generated by AmaliTech are directly reinvested in training the next generation of digital professionals and in other local social projects. This creates a growing pool of highly qualified professionals, and Africa’s youth are given long-term job prospects.
The ARD Tagesthemen report can be viewed here: https://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/sendung/tt-9941.html.
The social business AmaliTech offers young digital talent in sub-Saharan Africa a professional career path in the information and communication technology sector. The young talent has the opportunity to participate in the free, three-to-nine-month training programme, with subsequent career prospects at the AmaliTech Service Centre. The high-quality digital services provided here are offered in Europe, and the surpluses are directly reinvested in further training and social projects in Africa. This cycle helps to drive the economy in Africa, sustainably consolidate industry and increase growth potential.
AmaliTech is committed to driving inclusion and diversity in the tech industry and leading by example. A focus is placed on enabling women, in particular, to access the digital sector and support them in their career paths.
AmaliTech is supported through the Digital Skills Accelerator Africa (DSAA) e.V. by the Special Initiative “Decent Work for a Just Transition” of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Under the Invest for Jobs brand, the Special Initiative aims to team up with companies to create good jobs and training opportunities as well as to improve working conditions in currently eight partner countries in Africa. The Special Initiative is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, among others.
Through the UN’s Decent Jobs for Youth Initiative, AmaliTech has committed to train over 3,000 individuals and create more than 1,000 direct jobs in Ghana and Rwanda by 2025.
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