The Jobs for Youth in Africa initiative aims at creating 25 million jobs and impacting 50 million youth over the next ten years by equipping them with the right skills to get decent and meaningful jobs.
PYAG members are:
- Ashish Thakkar, CEO, Mara Group, Tanzania (Chair);
- Uzodinma Iweala, award-winning author, Nigeria;
- Mamadou Toure, Founder / CEO, Africa 2.0 / Ubuntu Capital, Cameroon;
- Vanessa Moungar, Human and Social Development Director, AfDB and member of President Macron’s Presidential Council for Africa, Chad;
- Francine Muyumba, President, Panafrican Youth Union, Democratic Republic of Congo;
- Jeremy Johnson, Co-founder, Andela, USA;
- Clarisse Iribagiza, CEO, Hehe, Rwanda;
- Ada Osakwe, CEO, Agrolay Ventures, Nigeria;
- Monica Musonda, CEO of Java Foods, Zambia.
President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Akinwumi Adesina, has launched the Presidential Youth Advisory Group (PYAG) to provide insights and innovative solutions for job creation for Africa’s youth, as outlined in the Bank’s Jobs for Youths in Africa Strategy.
The Jobs for Youth in Africa initiative aims at creating 25 million jobs and impacting 50 million youth over the next ten years by equipping them with the right skills to get decent and meaningful jobs. It is currently the largest effort going on for youth employment in Africa today.
The advisory group, inaugurated on the sidelines of the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum in Abidjan on Monday, November 27, will work with the Bank to create jobs for Africa’s youth.
“This is a huge opportunity for Africa. If we fix the youth unemployment challenge, Africa will gain 10-20% annual growth. That means Africa’s GDP will grow by $500 million per year for the next thirty years. Africa’s per capita income will rise by 55% every year to the year 2050,” Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) said at the inauguration of the Group.