Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Ghana, Dr. Priscilla Twumasi Baffour, has made a case for young people to be equipped with skills to enable them to make contributions to the growth of the African economy.
She says that such investments were needed now more than ever, particularly, with the introduction of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
The economist indicated that young people were needed to come together to strengthen the economies of Africa.
Dr. Twumasi Baffour made these comments at the 2021 Africa Youth and Governance Convergence.
“With the introduction of AFCTA, there is the need to build a connected African and Diaspora youth front to strengthen the economies of Africa. The youth need capacity building and personal development to take over the reins of power and contribute meaningfully to sustainable economies,” she said.
She added that;
“Today’s youth need more than a certificate to thrive. Increasingly, soft and advanced skills in technology are on-demand in the world of work, especially as fraud situations and cyber irregularities are on the rise”
Dr. Twumasi Baffour was happy that steps aimed at building the capacity of young people were already in motion through the Youth Bridge Foundation.
“The Youth Bridge Foundation’s AYGC platform is extremely useful in filling the gap in youth capacity development, as the platform connects youth delegates to mentors and experts to shape their thoughts on the issues that plague the continent,” she mentioned.
Executive Director of the Foundation, Seth Oteng, delivering an address at the meeting said that “the development of the continent will be a mirage if the youth of Africa, who have the energy, talent, ideas, and innovation, are not involved actively.”
He called on Africa youth to “come together to harness the synergies as one people, along with the Diaspora”
He believes that this unity will lead to the transformation of the continent.
The theme for this year’s AYGC was “Forging a connected Africa and Diaspora youth front in the COVID 19 recovery Agenda.”