ACP YPN at UN ITC-AU World Export Development Forum, Zambia

On 11-12 September, Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Director & Founder took part in the first Youth Un-Conference of the UN International Trade Centre (UN ITC) and African Union’s (AU) World Export Development Forum (WEDF), in Lusaka, Zambia. Yentyl was joined on the panel along key youth experts: Landry Signé of Cameroon, Professor of African Studies, Stanford University; Momarr Taal of The Gambia, CEO of Tropingo Foods; Oumar Yam of Senegal, CEO of OuiCarry; Stella Sata of Zambia, Business Consultant and Janet Bugembe of Uganda, founder, The Mentorship Class and youth coordinator of Kampala’s Business and Professional Women network. The session was be moderated by Rofhiwa Madzena of CNBC Africa. See the youth experts’ recommendations to Trade Ministries below:

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The Youth UnConference was reported as the highlight of the entire WEDF conference – It was a unique setting whereby every speaker had a different, specific and unique expertise, and was within the ‘youth’ category. This made the panel interactive, interesting and innovative – Yentyl has participated on multiple panels over several years, but this stands out as the best due to its innovative conception. Arancha Gonzales, Executive Director, ITC and H.E Albert Muchanga, AU Trade Commissioner, welcomed the panellists and then sat in the audience to listen. The debate discussed the challenges faced by young entrepreneurs, and two issues emerged strongly: (i) access to finance; (ii) lack of intellectual property rights. Each panellist concluded by suggesting a tangible deliverable. Yentyl suggested that a dedicated national entrepreneurship fund be set up to finance the participation of a selected young entrepreneur to attend the relevant UN meetings to bridge the gap between the private and public sectors respectively.

Yentyl also co-presented the preliminary results of the UN ITC-AU survey on youth and trade with UN ITC’s Susana Pak. Further information on WEDF can be accessed here.

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