Zeepay Ghana Limited, a fintech giant, has signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement with ICODE, a technology and business innovation hub to provide funding and technical services.
It is believed that through this relationship, the youth in the Western Region will not only have access to Zeepay’s Application Programming Interfaces (API) but also business mentoring and employment generation.
Also, the relationship will enable the youth to have access to private sector for market access, deepen the local economy through provision of hackathons, access to government APIs for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.
At a brief ceremony to present a cheque for GH¢50,000 towards monitoring and evaluation work, talent development and nurturing of local start-ups, Andrew Takyi Appiah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zeepay said the agreement would open up local economy as well as develop local talent.
“We believe ICODE is very strong and investing in them financially would develop the young talent that we have in the region; this is a testament of developing partners and that as a local partner, we support each other to boost the economy of the region” he said.
Prince Bonney, Managing Director of ICODE said: “to cooperate with Zeepay is one of the best approaches we have gotten today to boost our activeness in growing and building more talents and skills in the city. We believe that this cooperation will also help the startup entrepreneurs in our region to access a pipeline of support from Zeepay as it is highlighted in the agreement to provide sector support, funding and access to market and many other business-related supports for them,” he said.
He added that through this cooperation, there is going to be an opportunity for people in the Western Region to be challenged to come up with innovative and bankable business ideas through series of hackathons and pitch events supported by Zeepay as well as career development opportunities for the unemployed and young graduates within the region from various educational institutions also supported by Zeepay.
“We believe that this is going to also serve as a call and an example to others to also come on board as we build a competitive and collaborative ecosystem to foster growth and support for the youth,” he said.
Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, Western Regional Minister explained that the agreement will enable the youth to have access to private sector for market access and deepen the local economy. He congratulated Zeepay for the bold initiative to support ICODE with a donation of GH¢50, 000 towards monitoring and evaluation work, talent content of the partnership and to support or play a role where they need be among others.