After three days of conferences, masterclasses, and networking sessions, the 5th edition of the Youth Connect Summit came to a close in Kigali, Rwanda, on Saturday, October 15th. At the event, thousands of young leaders and innovators from all over the world came together to talk about the different ways that young people on the African continent can develop and move forward.
The summit’s subject for this year was “Accelerating Investments in Youth: Resilient Youth, Resilient Africa.” It brought together delegates from thirty African nations to discuss and plan a way ahead on how to integrate the youth into Africa’s trade, health, climate resilience and funding, technology, and skilling for the future, along with many other issues.
A student named Ritah Karen found the sessions to be very motivational. She said, “I feel very important being a youth. I learned from the Deputy President of Kenya that there is no elevator to success, but we should take the steps. I also learned that “hard work without purpose and discipline, nothing can ever be fulfilled.”
According to a study conducted by the United Nations Development Programs, 42 percent of African young people do not have access to the capital required to run successful businesses. As a result, they compromised to secure that financing. Sometimes their ideas stay tucked away in the recesses of their minds, and they are unable to bring their dreams to the market or communicate with their clients as a result.
Arnold Nyendwa, a successful businessman, recently discussed his views on investing in young people in an interview with Africanews. “In order to speed up investments, firm decisions need to be made and action needs to be taken, because when you look at the problems that are hurting Africa, you can see that the solutions are also there. Young people are currently developing solutions; however, there is no support mechanism in place. “
High-level delegates, like Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, have praised the youth as a strong movement that will help make the 2063 plan for improving Africa a success. According to the African Union (AU), the 2063 agenda is a manifestation of the “pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress, and collective prosperity.” The 2063 agenda is the framework for the continent that aims to deliver on goals for inclusive and sustainable development. Its primary objective is to deliver on these goals by the year 2063.