About 3000 delegates are gathered in Rwanda’s capital Kigali for the #YouthConnekt Africa Summit.
The summit running under the theme “Connecting Youth for Continental Transformation” will conclude on Wednesday.
Delegates are from 90 countries representing Ministries of Youth, Multilateral Organisations, Social Enterprises, Investors, Young Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Professionals.
This annual gathering has a mission of leveraging technology to connect youth to their role models and opportunities for civic engagement, social and economic empowerment.
While officially opening the summit, Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente said Africa is the youngest continent with about 70% of population under the age of 30 and is projected to double by 2050.
“Therefore, any plan for improving the future of Africa, must factor in the role of young people,” he said adding that the youth ought to use their skills, networks and resources to build the Africa We Want.
“Use this #YCA2018 [summit] to double connections with your peers, and learn about what they are doing. Use all your platforms to engage more policy makers in your respective countries.”
He said Rwanda is committed to expanding opportunities for young people to reach their personal and professional goals, and participate confidently in nation-building.
The summit will proceed with a series of panel discussions on various issues affecting the youth on the continent.
For example the high level opening panel stresses the need to give young people opportunities.
UNDP Africa Regional Director Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa told delegates that African Youth deserve the right to live their dreams in Africa instead of dying in the desert or the ocean.
During this summit the #YouthConnektHub will be launched as a platform which will springboard involvement of young people in Africa’s development agenda.
A specialised session ‘Straight Talk’ will discuss ‘Transforming Africa through prevention of teen pregnancy’ – this session is an opportunity to engage with key players in adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health.