Context and Justification
In a pan-African move towards the Aspirations of Agenda 2063, the next Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union will be held on industrialization and economic diversification in Africa.
In Africa, women and young people represent a huge untapped potential within our Continental Free Trade Area whose market today numbers over 900 million young people and could approach 1.7 billion of the 2.5 billion people. 'inhabitants in 2050. They can constitute a qualified group of farmers and community promoters capable of meeting the agricultural and industrial needs of a growing world population.
Concerned and aware of the need for involvement as well as the preponderant role of Youth and Women in the sustainable development process of the African Continent, the Laboratory for Diplomatic Research and Actions (LaRAD) is organizing a series of meetings on the theme : "ZLECAF, Industrialization and economic diversification in Africa: Role of Youth and Women". The first series of events scheduled for Monday, November 22, as a prelude to the next Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union is part of a general approach not only to prepare for the next generation, but also to raise awareness. by this youthful leadership role expected of them, particularly in the processes that should be spread over the long term.
On Monday 22 November 2021, participants should be better aware of what ZLECAF is and the need to appropriate its advantages and assets, the industrialization of the continent and economic diversification, as well as the essential role Youth and Women.
The general objective of this meeting is (i) to bring the young people of the Continent and the diaspora to become aware of their responsibilities as main actors of economic and social development, and of the fundamental role they have to play. in the various sustainable development processes, (ii) to encourage direct constructive exchanges between young people and managers, particularly on the role of young people and women in the effective implementation of the ZLECAF and the industrialization of the Continent; and (iii) ensure a broad awareness of the roles of each other, especially by Youth and Women, for the effective achievement of the aspirations of the ZLECAF and Agenda 2063.
The specific objectives are to :
1. appropriate the existing instruments relating to the ZLECAF, industrialization and economic diversification in Africa,
2. clearly define the roles of Youth and Women of the continent in these processes, then to know how Youth and Women will be prepared to fully play this or these role (s),
3. identify together and make known the expectations of Youth and Women in these processes,
4. the establishment of a Formal Framework of Expectations of Youth and Women which will be adopted and submitted to the highest authorities of the Continent,
5. the establishment of a Project which will facilitate the preparation of Youth and Women for the implementation of these processes.