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Strengthening Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Africa

The annual African Economic Conference (AEC), jointly organized by the African Development Bank, the Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Development Programme, to discuss pertinent issues affecting the Continent, held its 2019 meeting in Egypt on the theme; “Jobs, entrepreneurship and capacity development for African youth” on 2-4 December. Turning the youth bulge into opportunities has been the focus of the African Development Bank’s game-changing approach to job creation, entrepreneurship, and capacity development. In recognition of the crucial role that entrepreneurship plays in the creation of high-quality jobs, the Bank developed its Jobs for Youth in Africa (JfYA) Strategy (2016-2025). The Strategy aims to create 25 million jobs for African youth over the next decade as well as equipping 50 million youth with a mix of hard and soft skills to increase their employability and their entrepreneurial success rate.

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Alastair Tempest

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