Host's Message

Dear Participants,

I am honored to welcome you to the International Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Conference (IYEEC) 2022.

As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic which thwarted many economic activities, including the shutdown of many Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs); the need to be innovative and dynamic in managing businesses cannot be downplayed.

The pandemic has revealed to us that the world, through young people must be intentional and future-ready. By leveraging on IYEEC 2022 as a platform to adopt ideas, efforts and passion for building back better, I look forward with excitement, how young people can resolve on things that will provide skills and job opportunities. The summit will meaningfully engage young people on issues affecting their future through evidence-based, youth participatory knowledge products that organizations and governments working on development can utilize to inform programming and policy on building back better.

IYEEC 2022 will harness the untapped potential of youth to reap their geographical dividends through discussing “Dealing with the Cultural Challenges to Entrepreneurship among the Youth; Building Stronger Partnerships between Startups in Developing and Developed Economies for Job Creation; Ensuring Decent Work and Better Pay for Young People; Encouraging Paid Internships; Migration and Entrepreneurship; Climate Action and Green Economy”; and many others.

With so much anticipation, I welcome you all to Hilton Washington, Washington DC, United States, for a youthful convergence on the theme “Rethinking Youth Entrepreneurship towards Global Development”.


Christabel Queensley Derby
Conference Host

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