As different sectors gear up to take advantage of the opportunities presented as Rwanda hosts more than 5,000 delegates from all 54 Commonwealth countries, young people also appear to be fast on the front line.
The Commonwealth Youth Forum, scheduled for June 19-21 at the Intare Conference Arena, will bring together over 350 young people from all Commonwealth member countries.
This will of course be an opportunity for young people to discuss and exploit innovative and economic opportunities for growth.
Solange Tetero, Director General of Youth Empowerment at the Department of Youth and Culture, said that in addition to understanding the challenges facing the Commonwealth, participants will also learn about their contribution to the sustainability of different sectors and the economic imperative and upskilling for the 21st century.
Solange Tetero, the Executive Director of Youth Empowerment. Photo: courtesy.
In light of the issue of unemployment, she said, “They will benefit from different topics that will be discussed where we will be committed to deliberately creating opportunities for young people. They will also have time to network and create contacts for future companies.”
“We have also run a start-up festival to celebrate innovations from young people across the Commonwealth through a competition and those with creative ideas that address the challenges facing the world will be financially supported,” he said. she adds.
Innovation projects will be pitched during the youth forum.
Young participants will also be able to visit the city of Kigali to learn more about the business environment and get inspired, and a cultural dinner is also planned to expose participants to different cultures across the Commonwealth, especially Rwandan culture in as host country.
Tetero also pointed out that young Rwandans will also benefit from CHOGM through different working platforms such as organizing protocol services in different forums, companies that in one way or another will provide services or produced during the summit.
“They need to be well prepared and positioned to showcase the quality of their work and make connections that will benefit them even after the meeting is over.”
Augustin Uwase, director and founder of Eagle Arts Rwanda involved in graphic design and branding, says he has already started making a profit before CHOGM as the country progresses in its preparation.
“We are now confident as youngsters that we will also have some of the advantages before and during the meeting. It will leave lessons for us to follow.”
He added that small businesses should not just think that only big companies will benefit from the meeting, and even those who are unemployed should approach different companies and showcase their skills to get jobs during CHOGM.
“A company may be able to employ 10 people at all times, but it will surely need more employees during that specific period to adequately deliver everything it produces.”
Emmanuel Tuyisenge, founder and director of Temaco Builders Ltd, a local construction company, is optimistic about attending the Commonwealth Business Forum, and says it is a good opportunity to learn and build relationships. partnerships to either boost your business locally or expand it across border markets.
However, given the high fees charged to attend the forum, he advises young entrepreneurs to make good use of digital platforms and request side meetings with targets for business people who will be attending, for their professional interests.
Louise Kanyonga, Director of Strategy and Compliance, recently said that she is considering affordable packages for young start-ups to showcase their work at the exhibition scheduled as part of the business forum.