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Youth employment under focus as ACBF’s Board of Governors meet July in Yaoundé

09 Jul, 2018

Harare, 9 July 2018 (ACBF) – The government of Cameroun in collaboration with the African Capacity Foundation (ACBF), the African Union’s specialized agency for capacity development, will host the 27th Annual Meeting of the ACBF’s Board of Governors in Yaoundé from 19 July to 20 July 2018.

The Board of Governors is the highest policy-making organ of the Foundation. It comprises African member-countries, non-regional funding partners, and founding institutional members such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the World Bank. ACBF’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Emanuel Nnadozie, will also be leading the Foundation’s management team to the meeting.

About 250 participants, including private sector operators, ACBF’s technical partners, and youth representatives from member countries are expected at the meeting whose theme is Youth Employment in Africa: A Focus on Developing the Critical Skills.

The official opening will be under the patronage of H.E Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroon and the Host Governor, H.E. Alamine Ousmane Mey, Minister for Economy, Planning and Regional Development will give the Welcome Remarks. Honourable Goodall Gondwe (the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development for Malawi), who is the current Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Mr. Erastus Mwencha, who is the current Chair of the ACBF Executive Board will share some remarks at the opening ceremony.

The meeting will be preceded by a High-Level Forum where experts will share experiences and knowledge on the various strategies and innovations aimed at tackling youth employment issues on the continent. This forum is expected to highlight good practices and lessons learned in developing critical technical skills required to combat youth unemployment in Africa.

It is hoped that at the end of the forum, participants will have a better understanding of the skills required to tackle youth unemployment in African countries and mobilize support for ACBF’s work in building the capacity to tackle youth unemployment.

Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana