It is with great regret that we have made the decision to cancel the Oxford Africa Business Forum.
The Youth of Africa: Accessing the Opportunities, Navigating the Challenges
Hosted by the Oxford Africa Business Alliance, this year’s Forum will delve into the opportunities and challenges that Africa’s fast growing youth population present. More than 200 million Africans, or just over 20 per cent of the total population, are aged between 15 and 24, and that demographic is expected to grow to 321 million by 2030. How government and business leaders on the continent manage Africa’s 'youth bulge' will determine how economies are able to access the opportunity and navigate the challenge. To better understand the sensitive balance between sustaining 'Demand and Supply' and to effectively utilise Africa’s youth population the Forum will focus on:
Skills to Serve: Education & skills development
The debate on higher spending in education does not necessarily translate to better outcomes. Putting emphasis on initiatives that foster lifelong learning and continuous upgrading of skills are also important for the continent to be a meaningful economic partner in the global market.
The Enabling Environment: Role of the public sector
Effective policies and actions are critical to harness the benefits of the potential demographic dividend. This track will focus on how the public sector needs to work closely with the private sector to address unemployment and skills development.
Revisiting the Revolution: Role of the private sector
To what extent do formal private enterprises create sustainable, secure jobs for young people? How do you engage the private sector in promoting youth employment? What is the potential for scaling up the role of the private sector?
Behind the Scenes: Driving opportunities
The conversation about Africa is shifting from one of 'deficits' and 'gaps' to one about opportunities, prospects, ventures and creativity. This track will look at how trends around the youth population and urbanisation drive the opportunities on the continent and how companies focused on connecting Africans and regional markets can prosper.