In furtherance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), seeking to promote economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection, governments in Africa must ensure that engaging the continent’s rapidly growing youth population through jobs and other opportunities remains its central priority.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated this on at the virtual launch of the United Nations Global Compact Africa Strategy – an initiative of the United Nations to galvanize private sector participation in the actualization of the SDGs.
Africa’s private sector the Vice President said must also scale up its contribution to the continent’s economic and social transformation.
Stressing that as the African Continental Free Trade Agreement enters into force, African businesses have a historic opportunity to embrace sustainability and be part of the collective effort to build a more sustainable and inclusive future.
Welcoming the establishment of the new UN Global Compact Africa Hub in Abuja next Year, to coordinate and drive the implementation of the Strategy on the continent, the VP expressed his support for the new Africa Strategy, particularly for its focus on SMEs, youth and women, to ensure that no one is left behind on the journey towards achieving sustainable and inclusive development.