By Sanna Camara
Preparations are in high gear for the international high level symposium on demographic dividend for Africa’s development 2016 (HLSDD16) scheduled to be hosted in Dakar, on the sidelines of the 11th Scientific Conference on “National Transfer Accounts,” convening from 20th to 24th June, 2016 in Dakar, Senegal.
The UN population affairs agency (UNFPA) in collaboration with the Center for Research in Applied Economics and Finance of the University of Thies (CREFAT), with support of the government of the republic of Senegal in pursuit of the mandate to support the preparation of the roadmap for the African Union Assemblies of Heads of State and Government in 2017 will host this political interactive segment to be graced by African thinkers, experts, leaders, technical and financial partners, scientific community, and civil society.
At a press conference held this Thursday, Dr Justin Koffi, regional director of SWEDD at the UNFPA’s regional office told journalists that the objective of the symposium is to provide a space for networking and constructive exchange among eminent persons including former Heads of State and Government, development stakeholders, including the academic community, policy makers, civil society organizations, technical and financial partners, and opinion formers.
The event will also agree on the outline elements of a framework for action, based on evidence and experience that provides concrete measures to promote the inclusive and harmonious development of Africa to achieve the SDGs and Africa’s 2063 Agenda.
“It will provide information for the roadmap on leveraging the demographic dividend, investing in young people and achieving the Sustainable Development Agenda for the African Union Assemblies of Heads of State and Government (AU-AHSG) in 2017 Summit,” Dr Koffi said.
Dr Latif Dramani, coordinator of CREFAT said young people are the torch bearers of sustainable development. “The determination of the African heads of state and governments to scale up investments in their youth demonstrate their appreciation of the importance of harnessing the demographic dividend as a way of building resilience and sustainability addressing the root causes of inequalities, instability, vulnerability and insecurity, including lack of hope, forced migration, crime, radicalization, exploitation and violent extremism,” he stressed.