Due to the disruption that the African economy went through due to the COVID-19 crisis, many small and medium enterprises are facing untold challenges. These businesses play an important role in economies and form approximately 80 per cent of the continent’s workforce in both the formal and informal sectors, but during times of crisis, they are often the least resilient.
The African Union Commission (AUC) and HP Inc. held a virtual signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 21 September 2020 to foster entrepreneurial learning in Africa. This MoU solidifies the collaboration between both entities in building entrepreneurial skills across the continent and to leverage HP Foundation’s Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE).
COVID-19 has created a global economic crisis, forcing millions of young Africans out of work. Some of the jobs lost will not come back, or at least not fast enough to meet demand. Those that do come back will look different, requiring more digital skills as companies race to change the way they work to respond to and recover from the pandemic. Other jobs will become more “tech-enabled,” requiring job seekers to have some level of digital fluency to be able to successfully pursue them.
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Aspiration 5 of Agenda 2063 envisions an Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values and ethics. This calls for an African cultural renaissance which is pre-eminent and that inculcates the spirit of Pan Africanism; tapping Africa’s rich heritage and culture to ensure that the creative arts are major contributors to Africa’s growth and transformation; and restoring and preserving Africa’s cultural heritage, including its languages.
The African Union Youth Envoy is building a movement of youth-led accountability by putting young people central to the response to COVID-19 pandemic and reform of service delivery architecture.