Source: Mail & Guardian | by Lee Mwiti | 3 June 2015
World Economic Forum Africa, Cape Town, 3 June 2015: Young people are key to increasing intra-African trade, which currently stands at a paltry 3%, some of the continent’s top entrepreneurs said Wednesday as the World Economic Forum on Africa got underway.
But the region’s youth will need to build up their skills and networks while searching out beyond their borders.
“It’s a really fantastic time to be in Africa, to build in Africa,” Juliana Rotich, the executive founder of crisis crowdsourcing platform Ushahidi said in Cape Town, South Africa.
She said new entrepreneurs needed to be open to learning about other parts of Africa, including through travelling in the region to identify openings.
“Africa’s potential will blow your mind,” Rotich, who also is the chair of the forum’s Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development, said.