in conjunction with NYFA 2015
  • “If you are doing something that you really love, it is not work.”- Barclay Paul Okari
  • “What keeps you going [as an entrepreneur] is the need to see your idea come to fruition.”- Kwame Abrokwa
  • “African youth - there will not be the expected growth without your dreams. You need to create your job. In the DNA of Africans, the entrepreneurship gene is there.”- Karl Miville de Chene
  • “Let’s do everything to make sure youth are key stakeholders and are included.”- Michaëlle Jean
  • “Europe needs to do more in Africa so that African students can return to help their countries of origin.”- José Manuel Barroso
  • “The country cannot develop without you. Each of you has the opportunity to reach and accomplish your dreams. The continent of Africa is the continent of the future.”- H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba
  • “Africa’s strong economic growth (5 percent) is thanks to its youth, which will be the main source of production and innovation in the coming years.”- Lionel Zinsou
  • “Talent does not exist everywhere. The only difference between countries is access. Without having access, nothing will happen.”- Garry Kasparov
  • “African women have arrived.”- Isabel dos Santos
  • “There’s a preconceived idea on Africa which is totally obsolete. Africa is now the future.”- Laurent Fabius
  • “Ambition is a key factor in transformation. The will to transform a country has to be accompanied by action”- Hafid Elalami
  • “All the research shows that investing in women is a good investment”- Cherie Blair
  • “The 21st century is the century of Africa.”- Vincente Fox
  • “This Forum is a perfect example of Gabon's engagement as a future-thinking country, searching for innovative solutions to the challenges facing Africa in its economic growth.”- Alassane Ouattara
  • “Africa is now open to all investors. Its leaders are willing to preserve the continent’s resources and willing to engage in a win-win partnership.”- Macky Sall
  • “Together, we want to encourage young women to venture into new frontiers, and learn that they can achieve anything.”- Sylvia Bongo Ondimba
  • “Technology is spurring innovation, and the so-called "demographic dividend" has brought change.”- Nouriel Roubini
  • “We Africans must do business with each other.”- President F.W. de Klerk
  • “We need to have a competitive economy and proper legal environment to create enterprise, which in turn creates jobs.”- Jean-Louis Billon
  • “We need peace for security but we also need justice and accountability.”- Fatou Bensouda
  • “Given technology in tough environments, people will do more with that technology than its engineers could have ever imagined.”- Jared Cohen
  • “You look at Africa the biggest impediment is our not being able to work together. It’s very simple.”- Kola Karim
  • “If you get the politics and the policies right, the economics usually follow.”- Lord Mandelson
  • “The G.D.P. of african countries has been rising swiftly, but we must take into account issues like access to water supply, education, healthcare, infrastructure and employment.”- Olusegun Obasanjo




The New York Forum AFRICA will host the second African Citizens’ Summit, in association with Train My Generation. Bridging the gap between young educated Africans and the job market is a key challenge, and requires collaboration between government, education providers and the private sector. This year’s African Citizens’ Summit will focus on job creation and enterprise and will ask the question: from where will the next generation of jobs in Africa come? This year, the African Citizens’ Summit will be held on the plenary stage of the Forum to reflect the importance of the continent’s youth in its economic development. These special sessions will be designed in collaboration with young people based on the results of the Train My Generation survey, which was launched by the NYFA 2014 (results can be viewed here).

These vital debates around education and employment for young people will be critical for what will be the youngest continent in the world, and experiencing a huge demographic bulge which could power Africa into its next generation of growth. This ‘demographic dividend’ will only be enjoyed however if Africa’s youth get the support they need with the right policies and priorities in place from both government and the private sector. As the conversation continues, listening to and learning from Africa’s youth will be more important than ever.

Academic partners from the World’s Leading Universities

In order to enhance the role of youth in the continent and to give students an active part in the program, we have partnered with some of the top universities in the World to host student delegations from their African-focused international programs:

These faculties and programs were chosen based on their work in the field of economic development in Africa, as well as in topics associated with the NYFA agenda.

By bringing them together as academic partners we are ensuring a global knowledge hub that gathers great young minds from all over the world, but focused on the potential of Africa, who will work together with Gabonese students to advance their initiatives and build a smart, collaborative network.


Youth partnership


On top of these Academic Partners coming from all over the world, NYFA will also partner with a regional youth organization, The Youngstars Foundation, to ensure the participation of young Africans in the debate and a focused knowledge exchange with the international students.


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