The AfDB African Youth Trade and Investment Trust Fund

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Over the years, young Africans have been the wellspring of ideas, providing policy directions, leading cutting innovations in various fields thereby competing and becoming global players in ICT, making extraordinary breakthroughs in science and technology.

These young people today, aside making Africa proud have become the parameter for which the stems of sustainable development in Africa hangs.

While the African Union through the African Development Bank has reserved funds through a pool of equity contribution by AU member States, no single youth or youth led organizations in Africa have been uplifted. Rather what is seen on the international media, is the deplorable state of the African societies, and the battered spirit of her Youth.

This scenario has diminished innovations, encouraged brain drain, fueled frustrations, mined depression and oil the machines of violent extremism, even as young Africans are consumed by the unquenchable thirst for blood by the Mediterranean sea in their determination to escape poverty and secure legitimate means of livelihood in Europe.

The above is consequent in a bid to goggle for sustenance and opportunities, squarely premised by the negligence and irresponsibility of their National, Sub-regional and continental government to cater and develop strategic actions and policies aimed at building capacities and engineering innovative ways of creating employment, proving jobs and engaging the Youths meaningfully.

In few months to come, part of the deliberations of the AU Heads of state and government Summit (with theme focusing on addressing Corruption in Africa), proposed for January 2018, should have them focusing on real instruments for empowering Youths of the Continent for sustenance and access to opportunities.

This is an opportunity for Africa's Youths to avail themselves avenues in several high level plenary discussions, that will be available to them through several open and closed sessions of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APrM) Forum.

The APrM forum is another avenues for network and information sharing on best practices, as the council of ministers and heads of State might be discussing ways of improving access to Youth-Development Funds for SMEs, and creating start ups to facilitates small and medium scale enterprise domiciled in AfDB. This is a veritable platforms that could mainstream Youth actions, activities, aspirations and desires into the session agenda of the APrM forum.

African markets requires radical funding infusion and capitalization, pumping huge capital in form of small and medium scale loans, grants and frontal gratuitous policies aimed at empowering emerging business.

Consequent on the above, the African Youth Union Commission (AYUC) and partnering Pan-African Youth Organizations around the world, are collating signatures in view of the currently challenges, to appeal to the AfDB and the African Union and other intergovernmental agencies to expressly cushion the excruciating loan and start up policy that is negating adequate economic development of African economy and market.

Your petition when thoroughly harnessed and conveyed will bring together the First International Youth Trade and Investment Forum, which is under way.

Sign the petition NOW and let your voice be heard.

H.E Carl Oshodi,

Executive Chairperson,

African Youth Union Commission (AYUC)


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