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Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, Ghana’s Minister for Youth & Sports, will be speaking on the ‘Sport and Government’ panel alongside Protais Mitali, Rwanda’s Minister of Sport and Culture, at the Soccerex African Forum, which is being held in Durban from October 1-2.

Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, Ghana’s Minister for Youth & Sports, will be speaking on the ‘Sport and Government’ panel alongside Protais Mitali, Rwanda’s Minister of Sport and Culture, at the Soccerex African Forum, which is being held in Durban from October 1-2.

The session will see a selection of ministers discuss the important relationship between sport and government in Africa, focusing on a number of key issues including bidding for and funding major events, shifting the level of financial support from the government to the private sector, creating and expanding relationships with key international stakeholders and improving grass root schemes.

The Ghanaian Ministry of Youth and Sport, headed by Afriyie-Ankrah, implements its goals and objectives through four different agencies: the National Sports Council, the National Youth Council, the National Sports College and the National Youth Employment Programme. As one of West Africa’s leading sporting nations, these agencies are tasked with the effective mobilisation, empowerment, education and training of the next generation of Ghanaian athletes by working with some of the industry’s leading companies in the areas of player development, academy formation, social development and player management.

Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie said: “It is huge privilege to have the Honourable Minister speaking at the Forum. It will offer our delegates a great insight into how the Ghanaian Government’s policies are facilitating the growth of football in the country and helping to produce the next Ghanaian superstar to join the likes of Abedi Pele, Sammy Kuffour and Michael Essien.” The Soccerex African Forum will bring 1,000 senior football decision makers together with businesses from across the continent and the world for two days of learning, networking and business opportunities to unite the business of football in Africa. You can find the conference agenda for this year’s Forum here: http://www.mysoccerex.com/AF13ConferenceProgramme.pdf. For further information about this event please call +44 (0)208 987 5522 or visit http://www.soccerex.com/africa.

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