The Agenda

In order to meet the employment and entrepreneurship needs of today by coming out with very workable solutions to the global youth unemployment canker, three agenda have been developed for our knowledgeable Panelists to discuss. Additional twelve agenda have also been outlined to be discussed by six groups. The outcome of these various discussions will be published on the conference website. Kindly find the agenda below;

  1. Innovation and Creativity in Job creation and Entrepreneurship

Innovation and creativity has become a major driving force of successful businesses. This panel discussion will incite the need to be creative and innovative in order to contribute viable solutions to complex economic problems, help renovate business models to conform to today’s method of entrepreneurship.

  2. Harnessing the power of technology in Job creation and Entrepreneurship

The role of technology in every sector in this 21st century cannot be underestimated, more so is the increasing need for harnessing the power of technology to promote business, work smart and efficiently and create smart jobs. This panel discussion will look at the various facets of technology and how it can be implemented in the creation and management of businesses.

  3. Inclusion of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals into businesses

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a blueprint towards achieving a better and habitable world. This panel discussion will touch on the need to adopt and integrate SDG’s in businesses in order to solve sustainable development challenges.

GROUPS DISCUSSIONS

  I. Dealing with the Cultural Challenges to Entrepreneurship among the Youth

There is an existing gap in understanding the underlying cultural mechanisms behind entrepreneurial behavior of nations, despite the abundance of research. This session will contribute to the debate by exploring how and the extent to which the national cultural characteristics of a country or region influence entrepreneurship   among young people.

  II. Building Stronger Partnerships between Startups in Developing and Developed Economies for Job Creation

A common strategy that we observe in emerging markets over and over again is the attempt to replicate business models that previously worked in developed countries. This session will therefore explore the existing relationship between developing and developed economies and how to focus on developing new markets for job creation.

  I. Ensuring Decent Work and Better Pay For Young People

It is imperative at this moment, that the national development framework adopts a comprehensive, rights-based approach that addresses the issues of young people, especially problems that are related to productive and decent employment. Quality employment and decent work conditions help reduce inequalities and empower people, especially women, young people and the most vulnerable such as people with disabilities. The committee will therefore focus on how to create and promote jobs that provide decent earnings, ensure safe working conditions, provide social protection, and safeguard workers’ rights for young people.

  II. Encouraging Paid Internships

Students and recent graduates eagerly, if not desperately, sought out unpaid internships hoping to gain the necessary experience to land a paid job. Unfortunately, many employers, if not most, treat interns like entry level employees without providing them any compensation instead of providing structured educational environment for interns to work in. In the end, these unpaid interns end up doing menial work like cleaning the office, refrigerator and running personal errands for their supervisors instead of acquiring critical experience helpful to starting their career. This session will focus on how to promote volunteerism and serene skills learning environment without underrating the value of interns.

  I. Migration and Entrepreneurship: A Challenging Road to Success

This session will explore the challenges and possibilities presented by youth entrepreneurship in fragile and unfavorable settings, with a focus on how to create opportunities in challenging conflict and displacement situations and empower and enable the youth to succeed.

  II. Gender and Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship plays a significant role in the creation of jobs, innovation and growth. Against this backdrop, interest in women’s entrepreneurship has grown among scholars and policymakers. While the rationale for women’s entrepreneurship has traditionally focused on enhancing women’s equality, empowerment and social inclusion, its development is now seen to make good economic sense. The purpose of this session is to discuss the relationship among entrepreneurial potential, gender and entrepreneurial intention are explored.

  I. Best Practices in Investing In Youth Entrepreneurship

This session will look closely at how financial institutions work with young entrepreneurs, the pre-requisites they put in place to ensure success, and how young entrepreneurs have been able to leverage these services. The sessions will also look at the importance of partnering with youth service organizations and how their efforts can be better synergized with private sector investments.

  II. Creating a 180-degree Change to Adapt to Digital Life As a Young Entrepreneur

The creation of digital businesses and the adoption of digital technologies by existing entrepreneurs may hold potential for helping to make entrepreneurship more inclusive. In this session, participants will explore how young people can quickly transform their offline support into digital services, including an online.

  I. Using Creative Arts, Technical and Vocational Skills to Reduce Youth Unemployment In Developing Countries

The objective of this session is to explore innovative ways in tackling youth unemployment in developing countries through Creative Arts and TVET by sharing knowledge, experience, research and ideas. Also, the discussion will focus on what steps TVET institutions need to take to increase their effectiveness in promoting youth employment.

  II. Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit in Schools

The education system is designed to prepare students for the real world, but with more students than ever before entering the “real world” as entrepreneurs, is our education system still doing its job? Can we conclude that our educational system is still doing its job, given that more students than ever before are entering the “real world” as entrepreneurs? This session will discuss the need to prepare students to become entrepreneurs which will enable them do practically anything from creating a new technology to opening a yoga studio for example. Also, it will help participants get into the right mind set and encourage them to pursue their interests and talents by creating an environment designed to promote exploration, creativity and individual thought. The formation of entrepreneurship clubs in schools will be discussed.

  I. Climate Action and Green Economy: the Investment Opportunities for the Youth

The urgent need for more climate actions in the world today cannot be overlooked. For this reason sustainable and resilient actions towards achieving green economies in the world is the way to save our planet for climate catastrophes. Young peoples increased zeal in environment issues gives a glimmer of hope about their concerns for the future of our planet and the youth are undoubtedly a major stakeholders in achieving green economies. This session will discuss various climate actions, the creation of job opportunities in the green economy, and the various investment opportunities available to young people.

  II. Combating Terrorism and Security Threats in Sub-Saharan Africa through Job Creation

Terrorism and Security threats have become a plague that has befallen Sub-Saharan Africa. Young people are major participants in terrorist activities deployed by terrorist groups and mostly play roles such as armed fighters, cooks, drivers, carriers of arms. Unfortunately young people who join these terrorist groups were either forcibly recruited, kidnapped, or trafficked. Some of these young people are promised good fortune if they join the groups and brainwashed on the notion of possessing power and the ability to control people and cities. This session will explore the effects of child terrorism, job opportunities for young people in terrorist stricken areas, and lucrative jobs for the youth that will prevent them from joining terrorist groups, ways to discourage young people’s participation in terrorist activities.

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