What does the AFCFTA mean for the Youth ?
A new era has emerged in intra-African Trade with the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). Set to establish new protocols for the trade of goods and services across the African continent, this groundbreaking agreement has enormous potential for catalysing structural economic transformation within the continent. Whilst the continent’s youth illustrate a monopoly on untapped potential, transforming that potential into prosperity is perhaps the continent's biggest challenge. The creation of jobs through intra-African trade requires states to increase the value of their primary commodities and enhance their service sectors. However, for young people to benefit from this agreement, governments need to provide the necessary resources for ensuring that the youth have the skills and expertise required to participate in a free market economy.
Recognising the need for youth leaders to be at the forefront of decision making, this conversation seeks to foster a dialogue about some of the challenges and advantages African youth current face.