‘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

Who’s saying what at the World Cup

first_img— Brazil coach Tite after the tournament favourites were held by Switzerland on Sunday.“I’m proud of my lads. I hope this will mean we are taken seriously.”— Swiss boss Vladimir Petkovic had a different take on the draw.Mo? No problem: Cherchesov isn’t having any sleepless nights over the prospect of his side facing Mohamed Salah © AFP/File / Anne-Christine POUJOULAT“We are ready to stop Salah and we will.”— Russia coach Staislav Cherchesov isn’t worried about Egypt star Mohamed Salah, who is expected to return from injury against the hosts on Tuesday.“We will bounce back.”— Germany’s official Twitter account is still confident despite the reigning champions’ opening loss to Mexico on Sunday.“Jesus Christ, this is pretty cool.”— Australia forward Daniel Arzani, at 19 the youngest player at the World Cup, as he prepared to answer his first questions in front of the media on Monday.“It’s definitely surreal… you know? It kind of hits you sometimes when you realise the extraordinary has become the ordinary for you, when you walk out on to the park: (Antoine) Griezmann’s over there, (Paul) Pogba’s over there!”— Arzani on making his World Cup debut against France.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tite’s Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland © AFP / JOE KLAMARMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – AFP Sport looks at the best quotes from the fifth day of the World Cup on Monday:“I put it down to stress, first-match nerves, that’s true for me too.”last_img read more