NAIROBI. – The younger and increasing working-age inhabitants in Africa has been recognized because the drive which can drive the continent’s technological progress if correctly harnessed. Throughout an occasion held in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday to award college students in expertise, audio system stated to stay aggressive within the employment market, it is important for African youth to achieve new tech expertise since they’re the continent’s most respected asset.
They have been talking on the awards ceremony of the seventh Africa Tech Problem competitors, sponsored by the Aviation Business Company of China Restricted in partnership with China’s embassy in Nairobi.
Whereas addressing attendees throughout the awards ceremony within the Kenyan capital, Zhou Meifen, cultural counselor on the Chinese language embassy in Nairobi, stated the competitors is important as a result of it’s an avenue to scale back unemployment by ability transfers.
She hailed this system for increasing because it was launched in 2014 to 248 establishments with a attain throughout 10 African international locations. Zhou additionally promised the Chinese language authorities’s assist in growing the variety of scholarships awarded to college students in this system to check in China.
The seventh season of the expertise problem focused 259 contestants from Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Egypt, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with the highest six groups strolling away with quite a few prizes. Titled ‘Limitless innovation’, this 12 months’s competitors centered on the quickly creating building business, notably the design element. 65 groups from 45 colleges took half within the competitors.
Talking on the awards ceremony, Xu Fei, AVIC vice-president for East and Central Africa, stated the competitors had made a comeback after a hiatus within the 2020/2021 season as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.
“This season’s coaching was executed on-line utilizing an AVIC on-line studying platform. Following profitable completion of on-line coaching, the contributors might be supplied with interview alternatives for internships or jobs. That is along with scholarships to pursue additional research at prime establishments in China,” Xu stated.
He added over the past six years, AVIC has devoted assets to offering important expertise to African youth for the fashionable job market by coaching and equipping technological establishments with the newest machines.
Ezekiel Machogu, Kenya’s minister for schooling, expressed pleasure in his ministry’s partnership with the Africa Tech Problem program and inspired extra Chinese language enterprises to put money into upskilling African youth as a method to spur employment and entrepreneurship.
“The Africa Tech Problem has been instrumental in equipping our technical and vocational schooling and coaching establishments which have began manufacturing machine spare components, a few of which have been exported to China,” Machogu stated.
“We welcome extra contributors from the personal sector together with Chinese language traders to take part in packages just like the Africa Tech Problem, which not solely create employment however switch the mandatory expertise for our younger folks to be entrepreneurs by opening companies by the abilities they purchase.”
The general award on this 12 months’s competitors went to Luyanzi Institute of Know-how from Uganda. – ChinaDaily.com