2022 YCS: Africa Not Continent of Problems – Kagame

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame told over 9,000 young Africans that they are Africa’s future, powerhouse and that Africa is not a continent of problems.

Youth Connekt Summit is aimed at realizing the potential of Africa’s youthful population, at the same time celebrating a decade-long anniversary since it was conceptualized.
Kagame said this while addressing the youths during the 2022 Youth Connekt Summit in Kigali.

He stated, “Africa may have some problems but it’s not a continent of problems.

“Youth Connekt has become a powerhouse that brings thousands of youth together to contribute solutions and learn from each other. With your insights and innovation, you are leading the way to a more resilient Africa.

Youth Connekt helps us to tell these success stories, network and build solidarity.

“Africa is not a continent of problems, not at all. Yes, there are problems but where don’t you find problems, world over there are problems. We have to deal with our problems but we are not a continent of problems.”

Kagame also focused on the role of youth in shaping Africa as well as encouraging them to work hard.

He added, “As leaders, we must recognize that young people are our partners in our development agenda. We have a duty to listen to you and work with you. Whatever your purpose, don’t be discouraged by doubts, begin by not doubting yourself.”

The summit, however, kicked with a climate of excitement among youth.

The fifth edition of Youth Connekt was also attended by Kenya’s Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua who testified that the best way to empower youth was to engage them and give them more space to learn and voice their opinions and needs and be part of the decision-making process.

In his words, “The people of this continent are in the hands of the youth and the youth have what it takes to turn this continent around. It’s time for the youth to take their rightful place, occupy their space, and set the continent in motion”.

Youth attending the summit highlighted the need to restore trust between institutions and themselves and to make policies that are more inclusive, accommodating people with disabilities.

Senegalese president who is also the chair of the African Union, Macky Sall said that “caring for our youth is the best investment we can make for the present and the future.”

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