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“Let’s address skills mismatch in jobs for the youth,” speaker tells African Economic Conference

According to Adamon Mukasa, senior researcher at the African Development Bank, under-skilled youth represented 28.9% of Africa’s population

The second day of the 2019 African Economic Conference, exploring ways to create jobs for Africa’s youth,  focused on the youth skills gap issue across the continent. The conference in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh is hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB.org) in partnership with the United…

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2019 African Economic Conference: Work as one and listen to the youth to create jobs for Africa’s next generation, delegates urge policymakers

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

Africa 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 –…

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Fostering jobs, entrepreneurship, and capacity development for African youth: the time for disruption is now! (by Hanan Morsy)

The 2019 African Economic Conference (AEC) is held in Egypt and hosted by the Bank on the theme; “Jobs, entrepreneurship and capacity development for African youth"

by Hanan Morsy “There is no greater asset to Africa than its youth,” a statement that has been repeatedly proclaimed, but the continent still has a long way to go. Despite robust economic growth over the past two decades, a 1 percent increase in growth between 2000–14 was associated with…

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African Development Bank launches digital tool to help African youth learn to code

The goal is to scale up the program to 130 centers of excellence across the continent over a 10-year period

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) and technology firm Microsoft (https://bit.ly/2LiaqcU) today launched the ‘Coding for Employment’ digital training platform (https://Coding4Employment.org/), an online tool to provide digital skills to African youth, wherever they are across the continent. The platform, launched at the 2019 African Economic Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, aims to…

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First ladies panel seeks urgent policies to translate Africa’s demographic dividend into viable potential

“What a man can do, a woman can do just as well,” Jeannette Kagame, First Lady of Rwanda

“History will judge us if we don’t work together to take action now,” Chief Executive Officer of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu “Investments in gender equality are critical to realizing demographic dividend, but we need to ensure that women have the tools to overcome the barriers they face,”  First…

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Opening Statement - Global Gender Summit (By Dr Akinwumi A Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group)

This is the first time that the Global Gender Summit is being held in Africa

By Dr Akinwumi A Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group Your Excellency, Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda; Your Excellency, Sahle-Work Zewde, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Your Excellency, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission; Your Excellency, Joyce Banda, former…

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Getting women in the driver’s seat of Africa’s agribusiness revolution (by Mariam Yinusa and Edward Mabaya)

More African female agripreneurs must be supported to grow and progressively transition into the business segments of agricultural value chains which are most profitable

by Mariam Yinusa and Edward Mabaya Monica Musonda, CEO of Zambian food processing company Java Foods (https://Java-Foods.com/),  certainly faced hurdles in her rise to the top, but she overcame them. “Although the barriers to entry for women can be frustrating, they are often basic and relatively easy to resolve,” she said,…

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Charming Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt lays the red carpet for the 14th Edition of the African Economic Conference

More than 500 researchers, NGOs, policymakers will meet 2-4 December to promote jobs, entrepreneurship and capacity development for African youths

It is in Sharm El Sheikh, Egyptian seaside town, nestled between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea, that the 14th Edition of the African Economic Conference (AEC) (http://bit.ly/2O6yNvX) will take place. Slated for 2-4 December 2019, the AEC will focus on the theme, “Jobs, Entrepreneurship and…

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Prepare for the agriculture of tomorrow, African Development Bank President challenges high school students at global symposium

This year, 450 exceptional high school students from 10 countries attended the three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation

Young people from around the world gathered in Des Moines Iowa at the Global Youth Institute (https://bit.ly/2wdqQ0H) on Thursday to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize laureates. This year, 450 exceptional high school students from 10 countries attended the three-day Global Youth Institute (https://bit.ly/2wdqQ0H) hosted by the World Food…

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African Development Bank and partners launch pilot Cities Diagnostics tool in five cities

The tool includes key environmental and urban sustainability indicators as well as disaster risk and vulnerability, and urban footprint growth

“The urban opportunities far outweigh the challenges,” said Prof. Davis G. Mwamfupe, the Mayor of Dodoma, Tanzania, during his message to the Cities Leadership workshop, launching the City Diagnostics for five pilot cities in Africa, held on the 25th and 26th September 2019 in Abidjan. Five cities were chosen for…