About the YouthConnekt Africa Summit

Held from the 19 - 21 July 2017, the YouthConnekt Summit will focus on establishing the three drivers that will guide us to our goals. Namely policy, progams & partnerships.

Hosted by H.E. President Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, the inaugural Youth Connekt Africa summit will bring together goverment officials & special guests that include Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General of UNCTAD and Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa.

The summit is expected to attract more than 2,500 guests that include top executives from multinational companies that operate in Africa, leaders of civil society organizations, Africa’s development partners, members of the academia and most importantly successful entrepreneurs, artists and youth opinion leaders from across the continent.

Guest of Honor

H.E PAUL KAGAME
President of the Republic of Rwanda

Special speaker

JACK MA
CEO of Alibaba Group, UNCTAD Special Advisor for Youth Entrepreneurship & Small Business
DR. MUKHISA KITUYI
Secretary General of UNCTAD
ABDOULAYE MAR DIEYE
UNDP Ass. Admin & Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa
HON. JEAN PHILBERT NSENGIMANA
Minister of Youth & ICT Rwanda

The Program



Wed 19 July 2017

  • All day : 09:00 – 20:00
    Registration & Accreditation
    Kigali Heights Center & Kigali International Airport

  • Late Afternoon : Side events by partner organisations (by Invitation)

Thur 20 July 2017

  • Morning : 09:30 – 11:00 Plenary - How do we get to 10 million jobs by 2020?
  • Mid Morning : 11:30 – 13:00
    Youth Driving SDGs Seminar & Workshops

    Connekted Girls: Implementing Smart Women & Girls Declaration
    "Hack the Future" Hackfest begins (all day event)
    Job Connekt begins (all day event)
  • Early Afternoon : 14:00 – 15:30
    Entreprise Hub

    Youth Konverse
  • Late Afternoon : 16:00 – 17:00 Spotlight 1
    17:30 – 19:00 Welcome Cocktail for all delegates
    19:30 – 22:00 Opportunity Raising Gala Dinner (by invite)

Fri 21 July 2017

  • Morning : 09:30 – 10:30
    Spotlight 2.

  • Early Afternoon : 11:00 – 12:30
    Spotlight 3 with Jack Ma.

  • Late Afternoon : 12:30 - 14:00
    B2B Lunch organised by Rwanda Development Board (by invite)

    14:00 – 16:30
    Meet the President.


Our Goals



  • Jobs & entrepreneurship Create 10 million jobs by 2020 in sustainable job environments in emerging industries.

  • Education / Skills Create 25 million opportunities through training & enrolment in workplaces.

  • Civic participation & Leadership Identify, nurture & grow 1 million leaders that provide solutions, participate in advocacy & become role models in their communities.

  • Gender Develop sustainable initiatives & policies that reduce gender inequality in education, jobs, technology & leadership.

  • Technology & Innovation From the Hub of Hubs that connects all incubation hubs across the continent to give access to markets, innovation friendly capital from partners and partnership opportunities with peers across the continent. Nurture 5,000 digital ambassadors in each country to collectively help connect & digitally empower 100,000,000 Africans allowing skills to be transfered to their local comminities.

Achieving Our Goals


  • Policies We will embark on bridging the gap between the different nations by bringing together government leaders & policy in uencers implementing youth policies to share knowledge & ideas that can assist others in achieving their own goals for their youth.

  • Programs We will identify existing programs aligned to Youth Connekt goals and facilitate a platform to work together to achieve our common goals. These programs will further assist in measuring, monitoring & maintaining successful initiatives aligned to Youth Connekt objectives.

  • Partnerships We will seek partnerships with private sector, government institutions & NGOs that will be responsible for helping deliver programs, bringing other partners on board, innovating & providing solutions for implementation challenges.


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