Africa's Largest Startup Campus | Tue 16 April 2024
Powering The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs.

Chad Government Appoints GEN MD As Minister Of Youth, Employment & Sports

Mahlatse Tolamo

MAHLATSE TOLAMO | JULY 20, 2020

On the 14th of July 2020, Chad President, His Excellency Idriss Deby announced a cabinet reshuffle which is composed of 35 members and has welcomed several young people, notably, the Managing Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Chad, Routouang Mohamed Ndonga Christian.

Routouang’s appointment as Minister of Youth, Employment and Sports is seen as an achievement given his entrepreneurial background and passion for empowering young people. He is the co-founder and national coordinator of the Youth Network for Development and Leadership in Chad.

Chad is one of the least developed countries in the world with a population of 17million people. According to the African Development Bank Group, endemic poverty and the country’s unemployment rate which is currently sitting at 2,3%, poses a risk to the country’s economic outlook. This unemployment rate affects the age group between 15-30 and this affects the possibility of fully developing the country’s potential. The unemployed youth pose a danger to themselves and the society as most find themselves forced into armed struggles and thus contribute to the degradation of peace in Chad. Most young people who migrate in search of greener pastures are often subject to exploitation and abuse.According to Chad’s National Development Plan (NDP), their objective in the Youth, Employment and Sports sector is to work towards the socio-economic integration of young people and the integration of sports and recreation in a youth environment. To achieve this, they have the ‘Skills Development for Youth Employability’ project which aims to improve access to skills, training and labour market outcomes for project beneficiaries and strengthen the technical project beneficiaries and strengthen the TVET sector in Chad.

It is without a doubt that Routouang’s knowledge and experience will attract more young people, stimulate development, and tackle the current unemployment rate. Through his various initiatives which includes, the ‘Network of Youth For Development and Leadership’ in Chad, a youth organisation that promotes leadership and entrepreneurship for a sustainable development in Chad, the Global Entrepreneurship Network Chad and the African Youth Commission, he is someone that is committed to youth development. His appointment will help promote and drive policies which affect the youth.

Furthermore, the resources given to him will be distributed effectively as he has a thorough understanding of society’s needs. With the support of the Chad Government and the various stakeholders, I believe that he will achieve the goals he has set out.

 

Mahlatse Tolamo , Ecosystem   Enabler , 22 On Sloane.

logo

In Other News

April 10

30 Years on, Rwanda continues to inspire

2023 was my third time in Rwanda. It’s a country that many will remember for the genocide that befell the country 30 years ago, where close to a million Rwandans were killed in a civil war, sparked by tensions between the Hutus and Tutsis tribe.

READ MORE
April 3

South Africa to create a million new SMMEs by 2030

The National Development Plan (NDP) places the responsibility of creating 90% of all jobs in South Africa on SMMEs. Currently in South Africa, it is estimated that SMMEs create about 60% of all jobs, which means that we are still a bit behind most regions in the world. In most nations, SMMEs account for the most jobs in their economy. According to the EuroFund, SMMEs constitute more than 99% of European companies and account for about two-thirds of private sector employment and job growth. To achieve the NDP target, the white paper published by 22 On Sloane in January 2024, estimates that South Africa will need to create 3.2 million new SMMEs in the next seven years in order to achieve the NDP target. Which means that with an average of 3.7 employees per SMME, the country could likely create around 11.9 million new jobs by 2030.

READ MORE
March 14

Global Entrepreneurship Congress Africa welcomes 2000 delegates to Cape Town

The long-awaited Global Entrepreneurship Congress Africa kicked off yesterday in the Mother City with thousands of delegates comprising of entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and entrepreneur support organisations. About a dozen ministers from across the continent also jetted in with their delegation of entrepreneurs and ecosystem stakeholders to network and connect with top minds and players in Africa’s ecosystem.

READ MORE