Yaoundé, June 2018 (ACBF) – The government of Cameroun in collaboration with the African Capacity Foundation (ACBF), the African Union’s specialized agency for capacity development, will host the 27th Annual Meeting of the ACBF’s Board of Governors in Yaoundé from 19 July to 20 July 2018.
The Board of Governors is the highest policy-making organ of the Foundation. It comprises African member-countries, non-regional funding partners, and founding institutional members such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the World Bank. ACBF’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Emanuel Nnadozie, will also be leading the Foundation’s management team to the meeting.
About 250 participants, including private sector operators, ACBF’s technical partners, and youth representatives from member countries are expected at the meeting whose theme is “Youth Employment in Africa: A Focus on Developing the Critical Skills.”
The official opening will be under the patronage of H.E Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroon and the Host Governor, H.E. Alamine Ousmane Mey, Minister for Economy, Planning and Regional Development will give the Welcome Remarks. Honourable Goodall Gondwe, the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development for Malawi, who is the current Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Mr. Erastus Mwencha, who is the current Chair of the ACBF Executive Board will share some remarks at the opening ceremony.
The meeting will be preceded by a High-Level Forum where experts will share experiences and knowledge on the various strategies and innovations aimed at tackling youth employment issues on the continent. This forum is expected to highlight good practices and lessons learned in developing critical technical skills required to combat youth unemployment in Africa.
It is hoped that at the end of the forum, participants will have a better understanding of the skills required to tackle youth unemployment in African countries and mobilize support for ACBF’s work in building the capacity to tackle youth unemployment.
About The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Having spearheaded and robustly coordinated capacity development programs worth over 700 million US dollars across 45 countries and 8 regional economic communities (RECs) in Africa since 1991, ACBF has gathered the requisite experience that makes it the go-to institution for expert knowledge and human resources to advise and support African countries, regional economic communities and institutions on decisive steps to take to develop the practical skills urgently required for the continent’s economic transformation.
Evidence from our cutting-edge work (constituting hundreds of knowledge publications) and the work of several partners show that Africa's development efforts are being hobbled by severe capacity deficits often in the form of shortage of critical skills, deficits in leadership, inhibiting mindsets and weak institutions. The continent’s practical skills shortage is acute in key areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Agriculture.
At ACBF, we will continue using our unmatched track record in managing financial facilities for development, our vast knowledge gathering experience thanks to the exceptional skills mix of our core staff as well as our strong strategic partnerships and networks to help countries and institutions identify their capacity needs, advise them on how to plug these capacity weaknesses and on where to find the knowledge and resources to develop the requisite capacity resources, effectively use them and retain them to achieve their short and long-term development objectives.
ACBF’s vision is an Africa capable of achieving its own development.
For more information, please contact :
The African Capacity Building Foundation
+263-4 304663, 304622, 332002, 332014; Ext. 273
Cameroon Policy Analysis and Research Center (CAMERCAP-PARC)
BP : 6175 Yaoundé/Cameroun
Tél : (237) 222 22 58 58/699 93 43 30
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