The UNDP Assistance Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Africa, Ms Ahunna Eziakonwa, has charged young people in Africa to embrace and fully take control of the new revolution by digitisation.
She made this statement at a youth dialogue in Accra on the theme ” Young People as Key Drivers: Building the Africa We Want Through Innovation and Digitisation”.
Ms Ahunna Eziiakonwa, who has been in Accra to part take in the just ended 3 days annual summit ‘Youth Connekt Africa 21’ as one of the guest speakers, said digital tools and platforms are the keys to facilitating trade across borders of Africa and beyond.
“African youth are the future of this continent and the more investment we put in you; the youth is a step in the right direction. African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), is a continental agreement to bring down barriers to intra- African trade so that it can lead to growth, economic and social transformation across Africa. In order to reap the full benefits of the AfCFTA, we must change the way we do business and promote the digital transformation of the continent.
Due to Africa’s huge volumes of natural resources that are not yet contributing fully to our development, she emphasised that AfCFTA is a vehicle for African to add value to their natural resources and improve the quality of goods and services through regional value chains,” she added.
“Small producers like the entrepreneurs producing tiger nuts would be able to expand the market for their products beyond their borders and have easier access to ideas and technologies available across Africa”.
She said urged leaders of the continent to ensure that AfCFTA is not just another agreement, instead, it can be leveraged to benefit the whole continent.
In Ghana, UNDP has supported 42 young innovators, who are transforming their space and creating jobs through the agency’s seed funding of about US$500,000.
By Diamond Kpogli Lamptey