Opportunities for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship: Understanding the African Continental Free Trade Area

The African Continental Free Trade Area offers many opportunities to young Africans, who face challenges including high unemployment, lack of decent jobs, barriers to entrepreneurship and inadequate promotion of youth-led businesses. Tackling these challenges will help Africa’s large and rapidly growing youth population realize its potential to generate significant economic benefits and contribute to the continent’s development.

This paper examines how young Africans stand to benefit from the trade agreement. It presents recommendations – such as raising youth awareness, strengthening the digital economy and improving access to finance – to maximize the potential of one of the continent’s greatest assets.