African leaders agree on strategy to utilize continent’s youth talent
African leaders gathering in Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam, this week agreed on a seven-point declaration that could chart the future of youth contribution to the continent’s development.
The Human Capital Development Summit was about gaps in employment opportunities, especially for those coming out of school, the East African website reported.
It brought together more than a dozen leaders and development partners from across the continent.
According to a declaration read by Tanzania President Samia Suluhu on Wednesday, all leaders agreed that human capital development was critical for achieving sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa.
“Investment in human beings through quality education, healthcare, nutrition, job creation and skills development are necessary for improved social and economic outcomes,” President Samia said.
However, massive effort and coordinated financing is needed to strengthen the quantity, efficiency and impact of investment in people.
The declaration borrows heavily from the UN Sustainable Development Goals and African Union’s Agenda 2063.