Ghana’s Tijjaniya Muslim Movement (TMMG) tasked young Muslims to explore opportunities under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) market implementation and start shaping “our skills.” entrepreneur to this market ”.
The Tijjaniya movement noted that the AfCFTA offers enormous potential for African youth and that Muslim youth must develop a roadmap to participate in the global market created through the Continental Free Trade Platform.
Alhaji Khuzaima Mohammed Osman, executive secretary of TMMG, told the Ghanaian news agency in an interview at the closing of the YouthConnekt Africa (YCA) summit, which was hosted by the government of Ghana from October 20-22.
He said African youth were starting to look for ways to partner with state institutions to take full advantage of AfCFTA and advance regional integration and described the summit’s outcome as unprecedented amid COVID-19.
The theme of YouthConnekt Africa 2021 was “Africa Beyond Aid: Positioning Youth for the Post COVID-19 Economy and the Opportunities of AfCFTA.”
Muslim movement executive secretary Tijjaniya who attended the summit on behalf of the movement revealed that the summit presentations would serve as working documents for the movement to develop a roadmap for young Muslims to benefit from AfCFTA.
Alhaji Osman therefore called on Ghanaians, regardless of their ethnic and political affiliations, to coexist peacefully; “The movement would like to take this opportunity to encourage peace actors and stakeholders to continue working to achieve total human security in Ghana and the sub-region as this is the only way the AfCFTA can be beneficial for our people ”.
Alhaji Osman said the AfCFTA gives Ghanaians and African youth hope for the future and the courage to continue promoting peacebuilding, tolerance, understanding, mutual respect and interfaith harmony for the benefit everyone, especially the youth summit.
“We must collectively help and collaborate with government, community leaders and other non-state authorities to find jobs or equip young people with the skills they need to be able to contribute their quota to Ghana’s development.
“Without meaningful employment for young people in any country, total human security is almost impossible,” he said.
The Tijjaniya Muslim movement also praised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for championing the summit which now serves as progressive holistic youth development and an opportunity for African youth to participate in the governance architecture of their respective countries.
Ghana, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), hosted the YouthConnekt Africa 2021 Summit, which provided a platform for all partners involved in youth development to synergize around policies and programs.
The YouthConnekt Africa Summit is an annual platform that connects young people from across the continent and beyond with political influencers, political leaders and institutions from the public, private and development sectors to engage, discuss, design and accelerate efforts to empower young people at the continental level.
In addition, each year the summit creates a platform for more young people from across the continent to learn and engage in YouthConnekt Africa’s youth development agenda.