African Development Bank to showcase its youth agenda at Youth Connekt Africa Summit

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What:      African Development Bank to host session at Youth Connekt Africa Summit

Who:      The Government of Rwanda; YouthConnekt Africa Hub, the United Nations Development Programme; African Development Bank, Development Partners

When:     14 October 2022

Where:    Intare Conference Arena, Kigali, Rwanda

African Development Bank Vice President for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization Solomon Quaynor will join Africa’s young generation of innovators, policymakers, champions and leaders at the 2022 Youth Connekt Africa Summit, taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, from 13 to15 October 2022.

Youth Connekt Africa is a continental initiative with a presence in 28 countries. The Rwandan government has organized the event through its Ministry of Youth and Culture. It has done so in collaboration with the YouthConnekt Africa Hub, the United Nations Development Programme and other partners. The initiative empowers young people by leveraging their knowledge, experience and skills. It invests in their ideas and initiatives to accelerate development across the continent.

This fifth edition of the summit takes place under the theme: “Accelerating Investments in Youth: Resilient Youth, Resilient Africa. On Friday, 14 October, the African Development Bank will host a session titled Delivering Innovative Financing for Youth Enterprises in Africa. The session will showcase the bank’s flagship youth initiative – Youth Entrepreneurship Investment Banks. This youth-oriented instrument will empower youth-led start-ups and micro, small and medium enterprises, with skills and financial support to run bankable businesses.

Quaynor said: “We acknowledge the importance of this summit, whose objectives align with the African Development Bank’s strategies to support Africa’s youth. These strategies support the creation of jobs for millions of Africa’s young population as well as encouraging youth entrepreneurship.”

The International Labour Organization estimates that one in five young Africans neither has a job nor is enrolled in education or training.

In addition to the Youth Entrepreneurship Investment Banks, other African Development Bank initiatives that will support enterprising youth includes the bank’s Skills for Employability and Productivity in Africa Action Plan 2022-2025; and its Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy 2016-2025.

The youth Connekt Summit 2022 offers an opportunity to create linkages and bring together key ecosystem actors who provide financial and non-financial solutions to youth entrepreneurs in Africa.

According to the African Development Bank, of the slightly more than 1 billion people who live in Africa, about half are under the age of 20.

Click here(link is external) to watch the event on national television.

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