‘Work as One, Listen to the Youth to Create Jobs for Africa’s Next Generation’

first_imgThe 2019 African Economic Conference (AEC), has key focus on jobs, skills and capacity development for Africa’s youth.— Delegates urge policymakers at 2019 African Economic ConferenceAfrica must work as one to turn the continent’s ‘youth bulge’ into opportunities, delegates at the closing of the 2019 African Economic Conference said on Wednesday.The three-day conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, discussed initiatives for boosting entrepreneurship, improving the business ecosystem, access to capital and better infrastructure – all to create decent jobs for the continent’s unemployed and under-employed youth.Hanan Morsy, Director of Macroeconomic Forecasting and Research at the African Development Bank, underscored the importance of gainful and decent employment for the bulge of African youths seeking jobs or keen to set up their own businesses.“At the African Development Bank, we recognize that addressing the problem is not an easy task that a single organization or country could accomplish alone. It needs a concerted effort,” Morsy said.“It needs governments to work together and share experiences; international organizations to join hands, the private sector to work with policymakers, the youth to voice their concerns, and researchers to share policy-relevant evidence that will inform policies.”The 2019 conference, hosted by the African Development Bank in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), brought together government ministers, researchers, young entrepreneurs and civil society to explore ways to boost jobs and skills for Africa’s youth.Angela Lusigi, Strategic Advisor at the UNDP urged decision-makers to prepare for a changing demography and the impacts of a changing climate to create a brighter future for the continent.“We have to anticipate and leverage the shift that we know are going to happen in terms of our demography, our climate and our people’s movements and together we can reimagine a different future of Africa,” Lusigi said.Reform of the education system is crucial, she said.  “Let’s think deeper. We want to know what works in the African context. All our education systems have to look at creating future oriented skills because the solutions we have today will not work tomorrow.”Adam Elhiraika, Director, Macroeconomics and Governance Division at the ECA, urged young people to work across borders and contribute to integration of the continent at regional and national levels. “Creating one Africa is the most important step we can take to create better opportunities for all Africans,” he said.“The opportunities we had here is just the beginning for all of you to influence policy makers and influence ideas and actions by youths to help create jobs for Africans. It is a unique opportunity.”One of the highlights of this year’s conference was a session for young African entrepreneurs to share their work and ideas to shape the future of the continent.Fahad Awadh, co-founder of YYTZ Agro-Processing, a Tanzania-based cashew production business, said: “By improving the business environment, we will be able to drive growth and value creation, leading to job creation. It is the youth that will create the jobs that are needed on the continent.”Sobel Aziz Ngom, another young entrepreneur and founder of Social Change Factory in Senegal, commented: “There is no way we can achieve important national results in terms of education and work for young people, if all keys actors do not collaborate and align their investments, programs and practices.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Do you know where Dr Kee’s medical bag might be?

first_imgThey don’t want to make a drama out of it but a Ballybofey theatre group are looking for their missing props back!Way back in 1982 when rehearsing The Miracle Worker in the Butt Hall, a medical doctor’s bag was required for the doctor character in the play.The late Dr. Kee was asked for the loan of a medical bag. The doctor was a regular playgoer in the Butt and later the Old Balor so he not just loaned the bag but told us to keep it for further productions and so it was many times. The bag moved with the drama club from the Butt Hall to the old Balor and again to the new Balor. Alas after the flood all doors were left open in order to dry out the basement and store where the bag was kept and the bag disappeared.So it seems someone ‘borrowed’ the bag and forgot to return it. The Butt Drama Circle would dearly love to have Dr. Kee’s back, it means much more to the Club than just a prop and so if any reader knows it’s whereabouts would they please arranged to have the bag returned to it’s rightful home.But it’s not the only prop which has gone missing over the years.Also quite a number of costumes have gone awol over the years including about fifteen 50’s style skirts, wide skirts with polka dots, probably borrowed for the Strictly Dancing competitions which were popular a few years ago. A spokesman said “So we would appeal to anyone who ever borrowed a costume to please return it. Because of the foregoing new protocols have had to be put in place so in future anyone borrowing a costume will be asked to leave a deposit of €50 which will be repaid upon return of the costume less a fee of €10 per costume which is needed for cleaning and maintenance of the costumes.“There are two keyholders to the Costume room and would be borrowers will need to make an appointment with one of them. The phone nos. can be obtained from the Box Office.”Do you know where Dr Kee’s medical bag might be? was last modified: April 10th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more