On the 1st of December 2016, Zama Nkosi ACP YPN Private Sector Expert, was invited by UNIDO Brussels to speak during an event celebrating Africa Industrialisation Day in the European Parliament. The theme of the celebration was Financing Industrialisation in Africa: Challenges and Winning Strategies. She spoke during a panel on Africa’s Industrialisation in the frame of the Africa-EU Partnership, alongside Ambassador Baso Sangqu (South Africa), Mr. Roberto Ridolfi, Director in DG International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) and Mr. Filiberto Ceriani Sebregondi, Head of Unit in the European External Action Service (EEAS). The panel was moderated by Dr. San Bilal from the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM).
Ms. Nkosi’s remarks focused on youth entrepreneurship in the context of the EU-Africa partnership. She noted that the bilateral partnership included commitments for advancing youth employment. However, she urged for a “youth lens to frame the partnership” given the youth majority on the continent. She concluded by listing key areas that have been identified as challenges for youth participation in entrepreneurship, such as financial and social capital, and the inclusion of youth in policy-making. She urged the partners to consider these key areas in their relations.
Zama Nkosi is an EU Trade Policy Consultant based in Brussels. She is a MSc graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science where her dissertation studied the role of the private sector in EU-South Africa trade relations.
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