YouthConnekt Africa Summit ends on high note
The inaugural YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2017 that was taking place in Kigali from 19th to 21st July 2017 has ended on high note with more commitments from different stakeholders to support the initiative and African youth in general.
Themed “from potential to success” the summit that brought together more than 3000 youths from across Africa and beyond has been organised by the Government of Rwanda in partnership with UNDP, UNCTAD among other partners and hosted by H.E. President KAGAME Paul.
Some of the outcomes of YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2017 are: To establish the Africa YouthConnekt hub and youth empowerment fund in Kigali. UNDP, Tonye Cole among other partners has committed to put money in those project.
Jack Ma, the Chinese business magnate who is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group announced a $10 million enterprise fund to support emerging firms on the continent. He said that the initiative will start as soon as he puts together a team to oversee the fund.
Ma said his commitment to develop Africa’s e-Commerce sector will include taking 200 young African investors to Alibaba headquarters to learn the latest skills in the industry and come back to Africa to develop their business and help others grow their businesses.
YouthConnekt has been initiated by the Government of Rwanda in partnership with UNDP to cover issues of youth employment, the role of youth in national dialogue and innovation with a strong gender and technology focus. YouthConnekt is a successful multi-faceted programme seeking to empower young people and connect them with the public, private sector and the civil society for entrepreneurship and employment opportunities.
In 2013, YouthConnekt Rwanda Initiative won the UN Innovation Award.