(Xinhua) -- Young technology startups
and enthusiasts from Africa are set to convene in the Rwandan
capital Kigali for a major entrepreneurship and exhibition
summit, says Rwandan ministry of youth and ICT.
will host the inaugural of YouthConnekt Africa Summit from July
19-21 that will primarily focus on youth entrepreneurship.
Addressing a news conference on Thursday ahead of the
meeting, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwandan minister of youth and
ICT said that YouthConnekt Africa is expected to leave an
enduring legacy of enabling youth to harness limitless
"The conference will focus on exchanging ideas and sharing
lessons that would enable young people to be innovators and
future Africa successful entrepreneurs. The meeting will
highlight Africa’s vibrant technology scene as well as comparing
and learning from others across the world," he added.
The three-day meeting dubbed "Realizing Africa’s Youth
Potential" will bring together government officials,
entrepreneurs, investors, multinationals and startups shaping
the African technological ecosystem to interact and discuss on
the methods of using technology to drive Africa economic growth.
The conference that is expected to bring together about 2,500
participants including more than 100 youth entrepreneurs’
exhibitions is organized by the government of Rwanda, United
Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and United
Nations Development Program (UNDP).
According to Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General of UNCTAD, the
UN agency is proud to partner with the government of Rwanda to
champion youth technology entrepreneurship across the continent
using various platforms including the upcoming YouthConnekt
"The YouthConnekt seeks to empower young people and connect
them with opportunities in the public and private sectors and
civil society. It has a strong gender and technology focus.
Investing in youth will help build hope in Africa’s future
generation," he said.
He noted that considering the depressed state of the formal
job market in Africa, it’s of great importance that young people
on the continent look to entrepreneurship to secure their
YouthConnekt Africa is a result of a highly successful
initiative launched in 2012 by the government of Rwanda and UNDP.
The YouthConnekt initiative is a multi-faceted program that
engages youth in national dialogue, and works with them to find
or create their own employment and entrepreneurship
It’s designed to realize the demographic dividend by
combining elements of skills development, entrepreneurship,
access to jobs and finance, awareness raising on issues related
to youth development, and promotion of youth citizenship.