Opportunity - September 2, 2022

APPLY NOW! Youth Essay Competition on the African Union Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification  

The contest is part of the upcoming Summit scheduled for Nov 20 -25, in Niamey, Niger Republic, to harness the energy and creativity of the African youth in promoting industrialization and innovation.

 

 

Purpose of the Essay Competition

The essay contest is organized by the African Union Commission as an activity within the preparation for the upcoming African Union Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification, scheduled to be held November 20 -25, in Niamey, Niger Republic. The Summit is themed:“Industrialising Africa: Renewed Commitment Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Economic Diversification.”

It is part of an effort to harness the energy, creativity, and initiative of the African youth in promoting a culture of sustainable development in Africa, with a particular focus on industrialization and innovation. It also aims to inspire African society to learn from young minds and to think about how each of them can make a difference in our continent’s future.

In a nutshell, the essay contest will serve to open up dynamic conversations and spur reflection and action by leaders on addressing issues of industrialisation from the perspective of young people and push for much-needed reforms.

 

The AU Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification

In light of the key and strategic interdependencies between industrialization and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the AU Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification Summit aims to rally desired political momentum, resources, partnerships and alliances towards an Africa-Industrialization drive.

This is in line with the continent’s resolve to drive structural transformation, built around leveraging Africa’s rich and diverse natural resources, while at the same time embracing current advances in technologies, continental and global geo-socio-political trends, and the emergence of tradable services.

The Summit is expected to catalyze the evolution of a vibrant pan-African enterprise and capital base that will unleash an accelerated and sustainable industrialization pathway that is inclusive of all economic agents, including MSMEs, youth, and women. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to drive the urgent and imperative need for bold actions to drive transformative change in key economic pillars such as industrialization.

You can read more about the upcoming AU Summit on Industrialisation and Economic Diversification here.

 

Awards

The following awards will be given to the three best essays respectively:

1st Prize:

  • AUC issued Certificate
  • Round trip from home country to the AU Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification in Niamey, Niger.
  • Accommodation during the said Summit
  • Present the essay to the Summit to leaders, and technical experts

 

2nd Prize:

  • AUC issued Certificate
  • Publication on the AUC website

 

3rd Prize

  • AUC issued Certificate
  • Publication on the AUC website

 

You can download the full Terms of Reference for the contest here . All essays must be sent to AIW2022@africa-union.org  by September 30, 2022 at 23:59 pm EAT. Authors must also sign and send a copy of an Attestation of Authorship form. Download the form here.

 

 

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