Doha hosts Arab youth and entrepreneurship conference
A three day conference organised by Silatech and the Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI) concluded recently in Doha, with more than 350 attendees from throughout the region sharing strategies and lessons in promoting youth entrepreneurship.
Held under the patronage of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, ‘Arab Youth and Entrepreneurship: Holistic Approaches to Nurturing Local Ecosystems’ brought together leading entrepreneurs, local Arab government officials, researchers, NGO representatives, corporate executives, youth leaders and the media to seek synergies and complementarity in entrepreneurship interventions.
“The problems young people face in our region cannot be solved by governments alone. The same can be said for the private sector and for civil society.”- Silatech chief executive officer Dr. Tarik M. Yousef.
Silatech co-organised the recent event in partnership with others. Leading entrepreneur and founder and vice chairman of Aramex, Fadi Ghandour stressed in the keynote address that “It is of utmost importance to offer young people the right environment that will encourage them to build their future with their own hands and support their projects.” He also stressed on the vital role the private sector can have in supporting the social and economic development in the countries and societies in which they operate.
The Arab region has the world’s highest rate of unemployment among young people, at 25 percent. While a number of initiatives have been introduced, the region has yet to realise the full benefit of a holistic, approach to youth entrepreneurship programmes.