KIGALI, (Xinhua) --
The inaugural of YouthConnekt Africa
Summit scheduled for Wednesday in the Rwandan Capital,
Kigali, will focus on promoting job creation through
entrepreneurship and skills development among young
people, according to organizers.
conference that will gather about 2,500 participants
including more than 100 youth entrepreneurs’ exhibitions
is organized by the government of Rwanda, United Nations
Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
minister of youth and ICT Jean Philbert Nsengimana told
reporters on Tuesday the event will primarily dwell on
motivating and supporting young people in Africa to
address unemployment through entrepreneurship and skills
looking at empowering African youth to be entrepreneurs
and participate in advocacy and become role models in
their communities. The summit will also encourage
economic development and transformation among young
people,” he added.
host the YouthConnekt Africa Summit from July 19-21
dubbed: “Realizing Africa’s Youth Potential” and will
bring together government officials, the youth,
entrepreneurs, investors, multinationals and start-ups
shaping the African technological ecosystem to interact
and discuss on the methods of using technology to drive
Africa economic growth.
billionaire Jack Ma, one of the world’s leading
entrepreneurs, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba
Group is expected to be among key guest speakers the
event, alongside, Rwanda President Paul Kagame,
secretary general of UNCTAD Mukhisa Kituyi and UNDP
assistant administrator Abdoulaye Mar Diye.
Abdoulaye Mar Diye, this is the time for young people
across Africa to take part in increasing Africa’s
competitiveness in the global economy through
entrepreneurship and job creation.
opportunities, providing entrepreneurial development,
access to financial technology, and leadership programs
will shape the future of our youth in Africa,” he said.
Africa is a result of a highly successful initiative
launched in 2012 by the government of Rwanda and UNDP.
YouthConnekt initiative is a multi-faceted program that
engages youth in national dialogue, and works with them
to find or create their own employment and
designed to realize the demographic dividend by
combining elements of skills development,
entrepreneurship, access to jobs and finance, awareness
raising on issues related to youth development, and
promotion of youth citizenship.