Youth Connekt Africa Summit´2017
The Delegation of Rwanda promotes Youth Connekt Africa Summit´2017 in the United NationsJune 21st, 2017
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at the core of the agenda at UN headquarters. Therefore meetings around this subject very frequently give the opportunity to different delegations to take the floor in order to inform about their advances and events taking place in their own countries.
Rwanda has recently had such an opportunity, during the SDGs Event on Innovation and Connectivity, more specifically in the panel “A New Era of Connected Problem Solvers”, which took place on May 17th, 2017 in New York. Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and Information and Communication Technology, Minister Nsengimana, participated in the event, dealing with the question “How can connectivity help unleash the innovativeness of the global population to solve pressing challenges in pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals?”
During his intervention, he pointed out the role of the new generations to succeed the SDGs Agenda. Rwanda is one of the few countries worldwide where the domain of information and communication is under the same ministry in charge of youth politics and economic growth; in the minister's view youth are who usually dream and innovate most, and that is why governments should take care and empower this generation, providing them with leadership skills for the well-being of the societies. According to the minister it is not only about connective coverage, which indeed is important and Rwanda has made great improvements the last three years achieving 95% 4G coverage, but it is also about how new generations that provide solutions to the national, regional and global problems through technological tools.
The minister took advantage of the scenario and invited the participants to the Youth Connekt Africa Summit, which will take place in Kigali from July, 19th, 2017 to July 21st, 2017, including in its agenda relevant aspects of cultural diplomacy such as, among others, arts, sports, entertainment and networking, creative industries and intergenerational dialogue. This event will be hosted by H.E. President Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, and 2,500 visitors are expected, including other heads of states.
As pointed out in its website, the summit is supported by UNCTAD and UNDP, and it is “designed to realize the demographic dividend across Africa by combining elements of skills development, entrepreneurship, access to jobs and finance, awareness raising on issues related to youth development, and promotion of youth citizenship”.