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African Youth Urged to Take Lead in Implementation of AfCFTA

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African youth have been called upon to own and take lead role in the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and Agenda 2063.

The call was made at the inaugural webinar dubbed Africa Expects Youth Series, an initiative that seeks to give an opportunity to African youths to discuss several issues affecting the continent with a solution-oriented perspective.

Spearheaded by the Pan-Africa Movement (PAM) Rwanda Chapter, the webinar brought together pan-African youth from Rwanda, Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa to discuss ‘youth as stakeholders in the implementation of Agenda 2063 and AfCFTA’.

Agenda 2063 was initiated by African leaders, with the intention of refocusing and reprioritise Africa’s agenda from the struggle against apartheid and the attainment of political independence for the continent to achieving inclusive social and economic development.

The Agenda also seeks to achieve continental and regional integration, democratic governance and peace and security amongst other issues aimed at repositioning Africa to becoming a dominant player in the global arena.

On the other hand, AFCFTA aims at reaching integration of the African countries in bid to ensure collective benefits. The agreement’s implementation is slated for January 1, 2021, after being postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Louis-Antoine Muhire, the Made in Rwanda Project Manager at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, youth’s role in the implementation of continental policies should start at the grass-root level.