A Joint Approach for Investing in Young People

The three days of intense discussions and exchange produced a set of policy recommendations for the 5th AU-EU Summit which took place in November 2017. Additionally, 120 African businesses and associations officially committed to partnering with the education sector to invest in youth.
Both the communiqué and the commitment from the business community were handed over to the AUC’s Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, Sarah Anyang Agbor and the Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to the African Union, Ranieri Sabatucci to jointly deliver to the upcoming summit.

Policy Recommendations

Based on deliberations in various panels and workshops, a conference task force drew up a set of policy recommendations. The task force comprised a chairperson, a representative from BUSINESSAfrica, two youth representatives from the AU-EU Plug-in Initiative, and three experts on Education, TVET and Youth. The members harvested results of the panel discussions and key notes at the conference and summarized them into a conference communiqué, which was eventually validated by the participants in an open plenary session.

Business Commitment

Over 120 African businesses and associations had in the lead up to this conference made a commitment to invest in youth and to initiate partnerships with the education sector for improved access to employment oriented education and training.
The commitment was presented to and signed by representatives of the organising partners AUC HRST, NEPAD Agency, and BUSINESSAfrica.

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