National Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (NAYES 08)

Proposal for the

National Youth Entrepreneurship Summit




Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship for Sustainable development



November 17th – 23rd, 2008








The Youth Employment Summit was held at the Bibliotheca Alexandria from the 7th to 14th of September, 2002, launching a decade long of action to create at least 500 million jobs for young people globally. Currently, there are more than one billion youth (18-24 years) in the world, and by the year 2010 an additional 700 million in developing nations alone will enter the labour market.

The Youth Employment Summit 2002 during its various plenary sessions, discussion and declarations examined the challenges of the various socio-economic inadequacies plaguing the society and the challenges to young people who have the energy, power, and ability to be positive forces in their communities and in the world. Amidst other things, the summit served as  a promotional platform for inter-generational dialogue, participation and decision-making for youth entrepreneurship and other global issues such as poverty, environmental degradation, violence and terrorism, hunger, HIV/AIDS and the rest.

The National Youth Entrepreneurship Summit [NAYES 08]

At present, the National Youth policy in Nigeria defines the youth from the age of 14-30 with an extension of up to 35 years. This categorization represents up to 60% of the entire population of the country.

For young people, unemployment at the beginning of their working life can lead to serious problems. Lack of employment lowers both household income and blocks the crucial development of skills that comes from work-experience and on the job training. And there is a connection between joblessness, crime, drug abuse, and vandalism.     He levels of Youth Unemployment are also seen as leading to alienation and to social unrest and conflict. Therefore, the convocation of the National Youth Entrepreneurship Summit will serve the main function of evaluating, analyzing and development of specific socio-economic policies that will reflect on the national education curriculum, entrepreneurship, empowerment, work-initiatives and programmes.

The goal of the National Youth Entrepreneurship Summit is to launch a decade campaign based on the Action plan so that an additional 5 million young adults, especially youth facing poverty, will have productive and sustainable livelihoods by the year 2020. It will be a forum where innovative policies, practices and ideas will be shared. Also, the summit will be an opportunity of getting organized, solidifying partnerships, seeking media attention and alignments, creating public awareness, and placing the burning issues of youth unemployment and poverty on the national agenda.

The summit will include a state conference (for commissioners and government functionaries), innovation in the market place, Good practices awards, workshops, and skill development courses. Ground breaking virtual activities will take place that will make this a truly participatory national event.

The Vision Statement of National Youth Entrepreneurship Summit:

Is to initiate a platform for youth and diverse stakeholders to come together in the spirit of partnership and collaboration as part of the implementation of the National Strategy for Youth Employment to secure productive and sustainable opportunities for all the young people in the several communities.

Mission Statement of the National Youth Entrepreneurship Summit:

Create sustainable and productive livelihoods for 1 million young people by the year 2020, with emphasis using locally available resources to institute partnership, policy change in favour of youth participation and adoption of technologies that fosters economic and social development.

The National Youth Entrepreneurship Summit will discuss the concept of Youth Entrepreneurship campaign and the national strategy implementation. The summit, which is slated for 17th-23rd November 2008 will feature basically on the following sub themes.

  1. Youth Entrepreneurship: - fostering Youth entrepreneurial culture amongst youth towards social development. The key value of youth entrepreneurship and self-employment.
  2. Government Policies that promote Youth Entrepreneurship: - Public employment services, direct job creation programme dignity of work, integration policies and education training systems.
  3. Transition to Work: - transition to independent living programs, vocational and internship programs, transition programmes and demographic trends.
  4. Education for Work: - the global workplace, work and literacy model, he impact and outcomes of the literacy paradigm with rural leverage.
  5. Investing in Youth Entrepreneurship: - thinking and practice in mobilizing resource for youth employment, participatory complementary process for generating work with dignity.
  6. Engaging the Private Sector:- intersectoral collaboration, historical and current perspectives and promising strategies for future programming.
  7. Rural Development:- mainstream rural youth employment production systems, basic infrastructure and amenities, rural –urban migration.
  8. Information and Community Technology:- best initiatives and practices, socio-economic differences and ICT  capacity, employment generation through youth entrepreneurship.
  9. Sustainable Development Through Employment:- employment with environmental conservation, the renew able energy and its perspective and the global knowledge resource.


          Activities at the National Youth Entrepreneurship Summit 2008 will include:

  • Nine thematic workshops on each of the sub-themes
  • Release of the state of the Youth Entrepreneurship report, outliving the problem of unemployment, poverty, and a frame work for Action to address the issues.
  • Eight multi-stakeholder breakout sessions to develop the plans of action by state.
  • Workshop for youth delegates to help them navigate through the summit process in order to take advantage of the opportunity to network and collaborate.
  • Five capacity building workshop, at which toolkits will be provided.
  • Launching of the Youth Entrepreneurship fund and decade campaign.
  • Three discussion paper for town-hall style plenary session on defining the challenges of Youth  Entrepreneurship and awards.
  • Recommendations from Youth Entrepreneurship policy of relevant government ministries and international agencies.

National Summit will provide amazing opportunity to:

  • Bring together diverse actors under the same roof
  • Showcase innovative practices and programmes
  • Develop collaborative partnerships
  • Share tools and resources from successful strategies
  • Attract media attention and create public awareness.


The various levels of participation are follows:-

·        Six youth delegates for each state of the federation; two from every senatorial district;

·        Self-sponsored youth delegates/NGOs

·        Commissioners for Youth Employment, Labour and Productivity for each state;

·        State coordinators of the National Poverty Eradication programmes (NAPEP)

Public and private sector, established role models in various sectors, the trade union and labour experts, youth leaders and workers, advocates of gender empowerment and rural development members of the State House  of Assembly and the National Assembly politicians and the host of others.




For Further Information, Please Contact,

Uche Ugochukwu,

President and CEO,

Hugtech Information Links (HIL)

13 Onuiyi Link Road, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria.

Tel: +234805-441-4589,806-964-9902





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