Akinwumi Adesina: Future of Africa’s youth does not lie in migration
May 30, 2017
The future of Africa’s youth does not lie in migration to Europe, but in a prosperous Africa, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has said.
Adesina, who spoke at the G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy, at the weekend, stressed the need for African countries to create greater economic opportunities for its youth to stay home and live a meaningful life.
“We must turn rural areas from zones of economic misery to zones of economic prosperity. This requires new agricultural innovations and transforming agriculture into a sector for creating wealth. We must make agriculture a really cool choice for young people. The future millionaires and billionaires of Africa will come initially from agriculture,” Adesina said.
The G7 nations – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States – used the opportunity of the Summit to draw attention to the need for more investment in Africa to check the massive transit of its youth through the Mediterranean.