High Level Panel

Investing in job creation for Youth

Jobs for Youth & Women
Salle François Lougah
09:30 to 10:50

This High-Level Panel addressed one of today’s most important challenges and opportunities: Investing in Job Creation for Youth. Youth unemployment is a pressing developmental issue for Europe and Africa: by 2050, the African continent’s youth population is expected to double, but for the estimated 10-12 million people entering the workforce each year, only 3 million formal jobs are created. This session focused on what can be collaboratively achieved between large and small actors on both continents, including through innovative approaches to entrepreneurship, skills development and matching, specifically among youth and women, to create meaningful jobs that drive economic growth. The panellists explored possibilities for future partnerships that lead to inclusive and sustainable job creation and examined current constraints to investing in job creation; business-enabling policies needed to harness Africa’s demographic dividend; the role of business and public institutions in driving entrepreneurship and skills development; and priority sectors for meaningful job-generating investments, among other important issues.

A summary of the High Level Panel can be viewed here