‘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


first_imgTYRONE were just a bit too good for a good Donegal side in today’s Dr McKenna Cup clash at Edendork, the Red Hand county winning by a goal – 1-13 to 0-13.The match had been switched from Omagh to Edendork with an earlier 3PM start after a pitch inspection.In a close competitive encounter – which saw a player from each side sent off – Donegal put in an impressive and brave performance, chasing down the fancied Tyrone side at every opportunity. Donegal led by a point at half time but faded slightly in the second half, scoring just three points in the second period.But Jim McGuinness will be happy that his side stood up to one of the best teams in the country and matched them man-for-man for large periods of the game.Tyrone ran out 1-13 to 0-13 winners, but it was a great performance for Donegal.Mickey Harte was in the Tyrone dugout on an emotional day for the county. A minute’s silence in memory of the Tyrone manager’s late daughter Michaela was held before the start.A Mark Donnelly goal helped Tyrone to a 1-6 to 0-2 lead but Donegal hit eight straight points to lead at the break.Colm Cavanagh was sent-off just before the break as tempers flared and Donegal’s Neil Gallagher was then dismissed before Tyrone took over.After Donnelly’s goal helped Tyrone lead by seven, Daniel McLaughlin, Dermot Molloy and Karl Lacey all contributed two points as Donegal moved ahead by the interval. It was a storming comeback.After the Donegals sending off, parity in playing numbers restored, Tyrone bossed the remainder of the contest. Dr McKenna Cup:Armagh 0-12 Antrim 1-12Derry 1-21 Monaghan 1-12Down 2-13 St. Mary’s 0-06Fermanagh 0-15 UUJ 1-12Tyrone 1-13 Donegal 0-13DR McKENNA CUP: MICHAELA REMEMBERED. TYRONE JUST TOO GOOD FOR BRAVE DONEGAL was last modified: January 23rd, 2011 by gregShare 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

Rio-bound swimmer Sajan felicitated by govt; given Rs 10 lakh

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Jul 15 (PTI) Kerala government today felicitated Sajan Prakash, the only male swimmer selected to represent India in the Rio Olympics to be held next month and handed over a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to him.The cheque was handed over to the 22-year-old ace swimmer from Kerala, who won several medals in the last National games, by Sports Minister E P Jayarajan at a function organised by the Kerala Aquactic Association here.Sports personalities Bobby Aloysius and K M Beenamol were among those present on the occasion.Kerala-born Sajan will swim in the mens 200m butterfly in the swimming events at the 2016 Olympic Games. PTI JRK APR CPSlast_img read more