UNICEF, GIPC to collaborate to promote private sector investment in children

The United Nations Children’s Fund in Ghana has entered into a partnership with the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre to promote and advocate timely and strategic investment in Ghana’s children by the private sector.

The partnership was first announced on 20 August by the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Mrs. Mawuena Trebarh, during the Ghana Club 100 Awards’ press launch

“Ensuring that a child goes to school, has access to quality healthcare, is fed with nutritious food and is protected from abuse and exploitation is fundamental to creating a healthier, more literate and ultimately more productive economy,” said the UNICEF Representative in Ghana, Susan Ngongi.

“The private sector has a role to play in making that a reality for the children. UNICEF is actively working through the Coalition for Children to make it a reality,’ she added.

In April this year, UNICEF launched the Coalition for Children initiative. The initiative brings together leading private companies, key private sector influencers and professionals committed to working together to change the lives of children in Ghana.

This new partnership with the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, the foremost body charged with coordinating and monitoring all investment activities in the country, continues in the spirit of the Coalition for Children initiative.

“The private sector can make a real difference in the lives of children, all of whom are the potential human and social capital on which Ghana’s future economic prosperity depends. We look forward to working with UNICEF and the private sector in general to promote investments in children over the next few years,” said Mrs. Trebarh .

Under this partnership, UNICEF and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre will offer corporate partners the opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives.

According to UNICEF, Ghana has worked hard to reduce poverty to less than 30 percent of the population and has reached lower middle–income country status. However, millions of children are still left behind.

“Our goal through this partnership is to contribute to creating a positive cycle through which the next generation of children can break free of poverty and participate fully in Ghana’s economy,” said Susan Ngongi.