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YES C0-HOSTS 4TH CYFI AFRICA SUMMIT

Monday, November 16, 2015

The 4th CYFI Regional Meeting for Africa will be held in the Ghanaian capital from 23 – 24 November, 2015 at the Accra International Conference Center (AICC). The meeting will be jointly organized by the Child & Youth Finance Secretariat, Microfinance and Small Loans Center (MASLOC) and the Youth Enterprise Support (YES). It will bring together some of Africa´s leading experts, researchers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, government representatives, youth representatives, as well as national and international NGOs to discuss Financial Inclusion, Entrepreneurship and Economic Citizenship for children and youth.

The Youth Summit
The first day of the 4th CYFI Regional Meeting for Africa will center around a Youth Summit. The Summit will focus mainly on creating an enabling environment for the growth of youth enterprises. It  will involve workshops and plenary sessions that will define specific challenges to young entrepreneurs in Africa, and identify innovative practices that can help address these challenges.   

Around 100 youngsters are expected to attend the Youth Summit. The will be made up of:
•    Young entrepreneurs from the region
•    Members of the CYFI Youth Entrepreneurship (Ye!) Community
•    Alumni participants from previous CYFI Global Youth Summits and Regional Youth Meetings for Africa
•    Youngsters actively furthering financial education and inclusion in their respective countries
•    Representatives of youth organizations in the region

Ye! Pitching Event
The Meeting will see the launch of Ye! Community in Africa. The Ye! Community is CYFI´s global platform for youth entrepreneur aged between 16 and 30 years. It provides a gallery of country guides, an online community for young entrepreneurs to connect, a coaching program to pair entrepreneurs with experienced professionals, and funding opportunities.  An integral part of this year´s meeting will be Ye! Pitching Event for young entrepreneurs.  Eight young entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to market their businesses to potential investors, financial service providers and business leaders. 

Attendees
The Meeting will welcome senior and high-ranking members from the following types of institutions:

•    Financial authorities (national, regional, international)
•    Financial institutions (global & local)
•    Financial education service providers
•    Governmental sector representatives (including Ministries of Finance and Education)
•    Large corporations
•    Foundations
•    Leading researchers in the fields of financial inclusion, entrepreneurship and financial literacy
•    Media Experts
•    Technology Experts
•    Multilateral and bilateral agencies
•    Civil Society Organizations
•    Public personalities

Please click the event website for more details. (www.masloc.gov.gh/cyfi)

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