One of the most keenly awaited developments at the 2018 Comesa Summit, which opened in Lusaka, Zambia, on July 9, is the endorsement of a new Youth Internship and Volunteer Programme.
Developed in partnership with the United Nations, the programme will seek to increase youth employment in the countries of Comesa, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.
Specific aims are to help young people improve their practical skills and take up job opportunities in key economic sectors. Comesa has said it wants to resolve “the mismatch between labour market demands and the supply of qualified personnel from institutions of higher education”.
According to the United Nations, there were 226 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 living in Africa in 2015, representing 20% of the world’s youth population.
Comesa has said it views the Youth Internship and Volunteer Programme as “a huge opportunity to empower the continent’s youthful population and enhance their contribution to economic development.”
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