SA: growing push for youth to get business opportunities in tourism

A major push is underway for the youth to get business opportunities in the growing tourism sector as financial funding from government intensifies allowing for more entrepreneurs to enter into the market, writes Phindile Makwakwa, Acting Chief Executive Officer for Tourism KwaZulu-Natal.

More youth are turning to the tourism and hospitality industry as an exciting and rewarding business, encouraged by improved exposure to information on the workings of and opportunities in the sector.

Government outlay of funding from entities such as the National Empowerment Fund, Department of Trade and Industry, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the National Youth Development Agency, among others, has provided the platform to facilitate black economic participation for financial and non-financial support to black empowered businesses.

The injection towards youth- based funding creates an inclusive tourism economy bringing in youth and women, supporting the development of community- based tourism, thereby stimulating job creation, sector transformation, economic empowerment, community benefit and geographic spread of tourism investment.

But sadly, for many aspiring hoteliers or B&B owners, we found at Tourism KZN, for instance, for the young (categorised as being aged from 18-35) the dream of running their own hospitality business, even a small one, is out of reach as they simply do not have the funding.

Recently an announcement was made of the introduction of the KZN Youth Fund, setting aside R50 million, enabling those who want to start businesses, including tourism and hospitality to get the necessary seed funding.

Administered by the KZN Growth Fund, successful applicants can access funding ranging from R50 000 to R2-million, identifying a huge gap in youth business financial aid. But also filling the gap where youth can bring new and innovative ideas that catapult our sector to new heights.

The new fund, will be a lifeline to young entrepreneurs who do not qualify for bank loans as they do not have credit history and collateral. It will finance assets as required by viable existing enterprises, enabling them to conduct their operations successfully.

The fund aims to help deserving young entrepreneurs to kick-start their business ventures, fund new innovative business ideas and to expand their existing businesses without the red tape associated with the traditional ways of accessing funding.

It bridges the gap by speeding up the funding process, especially for those businesses in the rural areas.

As well as being able to access the necessary funding, successful applicants would also get support and constant coaching, help with a business plan and get involved in exchange programmes.

The fund would support start-up companies to minimize the liability of newness, and get them into the mainstream economy.

As the lack of entrepreneurial skills is another constraint facing the youth, successful applicants will also be mentored for a minimum of two years to ensure the sustainability of their new businesses during the critical start-up phase. Tourism KZN encourages youth in tourism to utilise this opportunity provided by the fund.

Tourism KZN has offers training in various areas to support emerging tourism entrepreneurs ranging from Finance Management, Customer Care, Hospitality with key industry players such as the South African Tourism Services Association (SATSA).

The youth in tourism sector is growing. It is critical to encourage creative, young entrepreneurs to explore the industry. Although the larger operators benefit by tourism growth, there is room for fresh ideas to expand on what’s available for visitors to enjoy, especially those millennial travellers, who are our new tourists.

For more information on the Youth Fund, write to or Applications close on February 28, 2019

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Ethiopia Focuses On Irrigation, Tourism To Cut Unemployment

To address the serious challenge of unemployment, Ethiopia government will focus of the development of irrigation and tourism, says Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

He made the remark this morning speaking to the members of parliament in the capital, Addis Ababa. The premier stated that the jobs the country is creating every year is around one million, while the population of the country is increasing by two and half million annually.

“…that is why we are focusing on the tourism sector development ad irrigation,” he said. Prime Minister Abiy noted that around 40% of the youth I the rural areas is also disguised unemployed as three four individuals are sharing the job one person was supposed to do.

In an attempt to help the youth create jobs, the 10 billion birr (around $355 million at current exchange rate) revolving fund, Ethiopian government allocated a few years has also been misused, according to Prime Minister Abiy.

“The fund was not an award,“ he said, indicating that the fund was supposed to revolve creating jobs and reduce unemployment. Meanwhile only 1% of the fund is now at hand, according to the premier.

Launched following the mass illegal migration of Ethiopians through risky routes, the revolving fund was distributed to all regional states of Ethiopia to help the unemployed youth.

Prime Minister Abiy further stated that even though it is not possible for any country to make unemployment zero, involving the private sector and supporting startups will be among the priorities of his administration in the coming years.

In Ethiopia it is estimated that agriculture sector contributes to over 75% of the jobs directly or indirectly. Though it is estimated that the country has irrigation potential of 2.7 million hectares, reports show that it has only utilized a fraction of that figure. On the contrary, the country imports wheat spending hundreds of millions of dollars.

Prime Minister Abiy stressed that modernizing agriculture and focusing on irrigation is the solution to tackle unemployment and trade deficit.

As a result, the country has not been able to feed its growing umber of population estimated to double and reach 200 million in 30 years. It is still dependent on foreign food aid to feed several millions who can’t produce enough to feed themselves.

Likewise, reports also show that the east African country with abundant historic ad natural tourist attractions has not been able to fully utilize its tourism potentials as compared to the Gulf destinations such as, Dubai, which turned desert into global tourist destinations.

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Year of Return Ghana to attract 500,000 Diasporan Africans

According to the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), out of the number, 350,000 participants would come from North America, while the rest would come from the Caribbean, South America and Europe.

The event would come with enormous business opportunities that would boost the economic fortunes of the country, the Chief Executive Officer of the GTA, Mr Akwasi Agyeman, said at the press conference to launch the campaign in Accra yesterday.

He, therefore, urged stakeholders in the tourism industry, such as the Ghana Hotels Association, the Tour Guides Association, the Tour Operators Union of Ghana and airline operators, to position themselves strategically to tap into the opportunities.

“The Year of Return Ghana 2019” is a global homecoming event aimed at attracting the biggest number of Africans in the Diaspora to Ghana this year.

The calendar of events include a Black History Month in February, Ghana’s Independence Day celebration in March, Heritage Paragliding Festival in April, Ghana-Jamaica Homecoming Festival between April and May, the Pan-African Festival of Arts and Culture (PANAFEST) from July to August and Emancipation Day in August.

The campaign was launched by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at America’s National Press Club in Washington, DC, in September 2018.

Showcasing Ghana

To make the best of the opportunity, Mr Agyeman said, the authority was collaborating with the various stakeholders in the tourism industry to reposition themselves to offer professional services that would enable the visitors to relish their stay in the country.

To ensure aggressive marketing of the event, he said, the GTA was holding a series of stakeholders’ meetings to sell the idea to the international community and Ghanaians at home and abroad.

The event would focus not so much on the negative aspects of the slave trade, he said, adding that the initiative would showcase the best part of Ghana’s cultural heritage, tourist attractions and hospitality.

The tourism bonanza is expected to build on the legacy of other Pan-African projects, such as the Joseph Project, Emancipation Day and PANAFEST.

“We believe the event will present us with an opportunity to attract more people who will come and invest and employ Ghanaians,” he said.

Making Ghana attractive for youth

The Director of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President, Mr Akwasi Awua Ababio, who also addressed the conference, said as Ghana continued to be the headquarters for the fight for African liberation and the symbol of hope for African emancipation, it continued to seek deeper socio-cultural, economic and political inclusion for “our kith and kin from the Diaspora”.

“As we mark the Year of Return to bring our Diasporan community home, the government is also committed to improving upon our economy and discouraging irregular migration by making sure that young men and women could achieve their dreams here in Ghana,” he said.

Showcase best part of Ghana

Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States (US), Dr Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, said the Ghana Embassy in the USA was making every effort to attract African-Americans to the country, not only to come and spend but also enjoy the hospitality here.

He expressed the hope that Ghanaians would grab the opportunity to display how loving and hospitable they were to those who would arrive in the country in 2019 and beyond.

“We have to take this opportunity to showcase the country and the kind of loving and welcoming people we are to encourage people to come and do respectable investments,” he added.


South Africa: Minister urges youth to delve into tourism sector

By APA News

South African Tourism Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe has called on young people interested in the country’s tourism sector to approach her office for more information and for assistance in establishing their own businesses.Addressing youth on Monday in Mabopane, a local community in the north of Pretoria on the first day of National Imbizo Fortnight of Activism, Thabethe said tourism played a crucial role in job creation.

“South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. People all over the world want to come to South Africa for many reasons. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, we showed the world who we are and people loved our country,” Thabethe said.

Thabethe encouraged the community, some of whom exhibited their artwork at the imbizo (gathering), to promote tourism wherever they are. “In tourism, we always want to get people to visit South Africa. People love our country, they love our wines and they love our food,” she said.

Thabethe called on the youth to come up with programmes that spoke to other young people in terms of job creation, saying that her government cared about young people.

“As government, we listen. Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability and encourage other young people to get involved in the tourism sector.”

Thabethe expressed concern about young people who go to tertiary institutions or universities to study in courses where there are few job opportunities.

“Our country needs young people who have the relevant, scarce skills. Chefs are scarce and the ministry is always willing to assist young people who want to venture into tourism or to become chefs,” the deputy minister said.

Source – Journal du Cameroun

What we know about 10 youths honored by President Sisi at World Youth Forum

By Noha El Tawil

In the closing ceremony of the 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF), President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi honored ten youths for remarkable achievements. The following is the biography of each of them.

Farida Bedwei

In 2011, Bedwei co-founded and became the chief technology officer of Logiciel, a Ghanaian software company that develops technology solutions to promote financial inclusion for the unbanked.

Bedwei developed the gKudi Microfinance Platform, a clouded banking system for the microfinance industry, currently being used by over 60 MFI’s across Ghana. According to her Linkedin profile, she started her career in 1998 as a programmer in Soft Company. Three years later, she became senior software architect for Rancard Solutions .

In 2010, she headed the IT department at G-Life Financial Services, and turned into an IT consultant for the company the following year till 2013. Between 2014 and 2016, she was a board member of the National Communications Authority in Ghana.

Bedwei was diagnosed of cerebral palsy at a young age so she became a disability-rights advocate as an adult. She received many local and international awards and was featured in CNN African Voices in 2015.

Takunda Chingozo

In 2013, Chingozo founded in Bulawayo a tech start-up called SaiSai which feeds the companies’ extra bandwidth to the network securing hotspots for free in public areas, including public transportation, according to Venture Burn.

SaiSai won the SWELL Innovation Award a year later at DEMO Africa. In 2015, Chingozo became a public figure in Zimbabwe since he interviewed former U.S. President Barack Obama on stage in the U.S.-Africa Business Forum. At the time, he was part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and an intern at Microsoft in the United States.

In 2016, Chingonzo founded TechVillage which is a co-working space for young entrepreneurs in the information technology sector. It has two locations. One is in Bulawayo stretching over 1,300 square meters and offering co-working space, board rooms and meeting rooms, event spaces, maker workshop, production studio, mobile lab and design center, according to Pindula.

The other is in on campus of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). It is designed for students interested to learn coding and create products in between their classes.

In 2017, TechVillage launched TechFest which is a multi-day and multi-venue event aiming at introducing and exploring “new local technologies and innovations that will change the status quo and shape industries in the future,” according to Pindula.

Harbeen Arora

Arora, PhD, is the founder and global chairwoman of the ALL Ladies League (ALL) and Women Economic Forum (WEF) having a network of 100,000 women and more than 800 chapters worldwide. WEF is held annually in India, and other countries on a regional scale, according to her website.

Arora is the Chancellor of Rai University in Ahmedabad, Rai Technology University in Bangalore, and Jharkhand Rai University in Ranchi in India. Those provide education for youth from underdeveloped communities in the sectors of agriculture, and capacity building.

Arora authored three books on higher education, human values, and creative living. She founded an organic health and wellness enterprise called BIOAYURVEDA, and other ventures in hi-tech agriculture, organic farming, and sustainable living, according to her website.

Guillermo Martinez

In an interview with Marca Espana earlier this year, Martinez said that he founded in 2017 a startup called Ayudame3D to produce artificial limbs for people with little financial means. The devices “are based on a thread and string mechanism whereby the fingers move into a grip when you move your shoulder, elbow or wrist (depending on the prosthesis),” Martinez told the publication.

The idea came to his mind when he bought a 3D printer two years ago while he was finishing his engineering degree, and used it to print artificial limbs designed to be suitable for a large number of people. He gave those to an orphanage in Kenya run by a charity called Bamba Project that he joined.

Wadi Ben-Hirki

Wadi Bin-Hirki established a foundation carrying her name in Northern Nigeria when she was 20 years old in 2015. The foundation has launched six projects. The objectives of the foundation are indicated below as written on the foundation’s website.

“-To harness and focus on the potentials of the less-privileged children towards skills acquisition for the social and economic growth and development of Nigeria, Africa and the world at large.
– To raise funds for charity homes, schools and colleges to enable children attend at reduced/no cost.
– To support less-privileged children in schools with scholarships and donations of food, shelter, clothing and stationary.
– To give charitable aid to any child or institution, which the Foundation may deem fit.”

Charif Hamidi

Hamidi holds a bachelor degree in finance. He took up jobs pertinent to investment banking and strategy consulting. He designed change programs, socio-economic reforms, investment strategies, future studies, and search-and-matching models for private equity firms to prepare for the fourth industrial revolution, according to his Linkedin profile.

Hamidi is on Forbes 30 Under 30 list for the year 2018, a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum, and an Enterprise for Peace scholar at the One Young World. In 2016, Hamidi founded Education 4.0 which is a social enterprise that enables youth to be part of the fourth industrial revolution.

Islam Abu Ali

Radwa Hassan

Hassan is the first visually impaired radio and TV presenter in Egypt. She presents a weekly show every Sunday on Radio 9090, and a segment in a TV show called Al Safira Aziza on DMC channel.

Mahmoud Saad Khaled

Khaled founded in 2016 a data backup company called WiRE Microsystems. He is the designer and coder of the company’s’ XMACHINE which is the world’s fastest integrated system disaster recovery solution, according to his Linkedin profile.

The Ayoub Sisters

Sarah and Laura who are Egyptian – Scottish started their career in 2016. Their album debuted at No.1 in the Official Classical Artist Albums Chart. They performed in many countries and won multiple awards.

Source: Egypt Today

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World Youth Forum (WYF) sends message reflecting Egypt’s security and stability

By Egypt Today staff

Head of the National Media Authority (NMA) Hussein Zein asserted that organizing the World Youth Forum (WYF) for the second year in a row conveys a clear message to the whole world that Egypt is a country of security and stability.

“The event reflects the fact that Egypt has restored its leading role in achieving peace, reconstruction and development in various fields,” Zein said.

Zein asserted that the forum, which will be held under the sponsorship of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Sharm el Sheikh on November 3-6, spotlighting Sisi’s belief in the importance of the youth’s role in building a bright future for Egypt.

The great attention paid by the president to the forum emanates from his conviction that it will offer the opportunity to listen to the youths’ ideas and enhance dialogue in order to bring together points of view among the youths and decision makers across the world, he asserted.

The forum targets also establishing dialogue between the youths and the State to raise awareness about Egypt’s achievements in numerous domains, Zein reiterated.

The youth’s participation in the event reflects Egypt’s civilized image and sheds light on its unique regional and international status, Zein pointed.

The 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) will convene in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh between Nov. 2-6 with the participation of thousands of youth.

The WYF administration has received more than 35,000 applications from youth coming from 165 countries to participate in the forum so far, since it has opened registration on Aug. 18, the administration announced on Thursday. Some 30 percent of applicants are coming from Africa and Arab countries, while 70 percent of the applying youth are from other different countries, the statement added.

The administration opened a live chat for direct communication with the youth, who are interested in attending the forum, to help solve any technical problems that may face them during registration.

The WYF in its second annual version will tackle two main axes: peace and development.

The first axis will discuss reconstructing post-conflict countries and societies, the role of world leaders in achieving peace, the duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance, counter-terrorism issues, and Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

The theme of the development will include topics related to energy and water security, empowerment of people with disabilities, the role of voluntary work in building societies, the agenda of 2063 African Sustainable Development, digital citizenship, the role of art and cinema in shaping communities, ways to build future leaders, and the means of shrinking the gender gap in the work force.

An Arab-African Summit Simulation Model will be held on the sidelines of the Forum, as was recommended during the African Union Simulation Model held in May 2018 as part of the activation of the recommendations of the 2017 World Youth Forum.

The first edition of the World Youth Forum was launched from Nov. 4-10, 2017 in Sharm el-Sheikh. It was attended by 3,200 participants from 113 countries. The forum was a platform for 222 speakers from 64 countries with expertise in various fields, gathered in 46 sessions.

In the 2017 edition, the participating leaders and experts discussed various international and regional issues, including crises of migration and refugees, democracy and human rights, African stability and development, and globalization and cultural identity, as well as the technology and social media and their impact on the population.

Source: Egypt Today

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Palestinian President to Attend World Youth Forum in Egypt

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will travel to Egypt soon to attend the opening of the Second World Youth Forum (WYF), the Arab League announced in Cairo.

According to the permanent delegate to the Arab League, Diab Al-Loh, the Palestinian leader will head his country’s high-level delegation to the WYF, scheduled from November 3 to 6 in the Egyptian tourist city of Sharm El-Sheik, on the Red Sea.

The official from the regional bloc added that Abbas will arrive in Egypt on Friday in response to an invitation from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Al-Loh, who is also the Palestinian ambassador in Cairo, noted the two leaders are expected to meet to discuss the latest developments in Palestine, as well as other issues of mutual interest.

Delegations from around the world began arriving in Sharm El-Sheikh on Wednesday to take part in the WYF. The meeting is expected to be attended by some 5,000 younths, journalists, public figures and officials from more than 50 countries.

The forum will focus on peace, development, creativity and innovation, as well as the visions and aspirations of youths in the world.

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End exclusion of youth, if we want a better tomorrow

By Aimee Manimani Nsimire

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—“Sexual assault and embarrassment are the risks that adolescent girls face when dealing with menstruation hygiene in emergency settings, due to the lack of separation between male and female sanitation facilities.”

“Our governments should start viewing us as an asset and not a liability.” – Palesa Lefojane, United Nations Youth Advisory Panel member, Lesotho.

“In an emergency setting, no one thinks of adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights as one of the priorities,” said Palesa Lefojane, a member of the United Nations Youth Advisory Panel in Lesotho.

“Times of exclusion should be over if ever we want a better tomorrow. Our governments should start viewing us as an asset and not a liability.”

She was speaking at a three-day workshop to equip youth representatives from eight southern African countries with knowledge and skills on youth participation in humanitarian contexts, and peace and security.

Adolescent girls at double disadvantage in emergencies

Emergencies heighten the risks and worsen the vulnerabilities of young people. In particular, adolescent girls – who are often already at a disadvantage due to gender discrimination – must overcome not only the crisis itself, but also potential abuse, violence and exploitation, which can compromise their development, violate their rights and undermine their future and the future of their country.

In spite of all these challenges, young people including adolescents can be extremely resilient and resourceful. Their dynamism and energy are assets that make them active and important agents of positive change, who are able to drive peace and security in their communities.

In East and Southern Africa, the risk of emergencies is high. Eleven out of 23 countries – Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda – are at high to very high risk of a humanitarian emergency (INFORM Index 2017).

Because a relatively high proportion of the population in the region consists of young people, they stand to make a substantial contribution during emergencies.

About 40 per cent of the 1.4 billion people living in countries impacted by crises globally are under the age of 15. Adolescents aged 10 to 19 years make up a significant proportion of the population in many conflict and post-conflict settings.

“Youth a critical component in peace building”

“I will be sharing this knowledge with youth groups that deal with sexual and reproduction health and rights, and other key populations.”

Protecting and addressing the rights and needs of young people, including adolescents, and engaging them in their unique capacities, is vital in humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery. Creating a strategic youth engagement plan is essential to involve and empower youth in the implementation of humanitarian preparedness and response mechanisms.

“The workshop was an eye opener for me because I learned how youth are a critical component in peace building. It is imperative to include us in all the stages of peace building and promotion, as we are part of the widely affected population,” said Lovejoy Mutongwiza, a journalist from 263Chat in Zimbabwe.

“Back in my country, I will be volunteering to share this knowledge with targeted groups, which include youth groups that deal with sexual and reproduction health and rights, and other key populations,” he said.

Supporting young people’s role in building sustainable peace

UNFPA, building on its comparative advantage of working with and for young people in development and humanitarian settings, plays a significant part in supporting young people’s role in building sustainable peace.

The aim of the workshop was to boost youth-led organizational capacity for and involvement in preparedness and humanitarian response, including building the resilience of young people, as well as social cohesion, peace-building and conflict prevention.

The event was organized by UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office, in collaboration with UNFPA New York and the World Organization of the Scouts Movement.

Source: ReliefWeb

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Kenya, Namibia signed agreement for co-operation in youth and tourism


Kenya and Namibia on Friday signed agreements to bolster cooperation on tourism, youth and political consultations.

The signing of the agreements were witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Namibia’s Hage Geingob who led their delegations in talks.

Uhuru said the agreements present new opportunities for stronger partnership. “Our countries share similar aspirations and challenges so we can draw from each other’s experience to complement our expertise,” Uhuru said.

He urged Namibia to explore new areas of cooperation including marine and fisheries development, mining, expansion of trade and investment in sports and culture.

Uhuru thanked foreign ministers from two countries for the inauguration of the Joint Commission for Cooperation which remained dormant although it was signed two decades ago.

He cited basic education, vocational and University training, including teacher exchange programs in Mathematics, English and Sciences as an important area of cooperation that should be cultivated.

“We further look forward to strengthening cooperation in the health sector with enhanced transfer exchange of workers in specialised areas,” Uhuru said.

Kenya is also keen on enhancing cooperation with Namibia in agriculture and livestock management. “We welcome collaboration in the field of quality seed production, especially for drought resistant crops,” Uhuru said. He commended Geingob’s Harambee Prosperity Plan, saying it resonates with Kenya’s Big Four agenda.

Uhuru said Kenya was honoured with Geingob’s visit. The Namibian leader will be the chief guest during today’s Mashujaa Day celebrations to be held in Kakamega. In 2015, Uhuru attended Geingob’s swearing-in ceremony and was among guests during Namibia’s Independence Day celebrations.

Geingob said he appreciated Kenya’s contribution to Namibia’s liberation struggle and stability. “It is befitting for us to recognise the sacrifices Kenya made as a country by contributing outstanding soldiers to help in safeguarding our stability,” Geingob said.

“We have awarded General (Rtd) Daniel Opande with the second highest honour in Namibia and we invite him to come and receive it on behalf of all Kenyans.” Geingob also paid tribute to founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta for spearheading the Pan-African Movement that led to the liberation of many African countries including Namibia.

He reiterated support for Kenya’s bid for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council in 2021.

“I assure you that Namibia fully supports Kenya’s candidature,” Geingob said. The two leaders poke during a press conference at State House on Friday.

Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretaries Monica Juma, Henry Rotich, Sicily Kariuki and Margaret Kobia were present.


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