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US Chamber-YALI Event: Dr.Sanders Facilitates Session on Africa Small Businesses (SMEs)
The US Chamber continued its support for the Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI) summer session by holding its annual half day roundtable on having the US private sector engage with YALI participants on mutual issues of concern such as: youth job skills, closing the skills gap; business climate in emerging markets; entrepreneurship ecosystems; and, working with and better supporting Africa small businesses (better known in the Africa Region as Small & Medium Size Enterprises, SMEs). Ambassador Sanders served as the facilitator for the latter theme -- "working with and better supporting Africa small businesses," particularly as policy makers and in fields like health, LGTB issues, and agriculture. (see pics &video).
Background on YALI: The program for young African leaders in a range of sectors, is an annual U.S. Government program which began under the Obama Administration and has been renewed under the Administration of President Trump.
The program's goal is to supporting training and skills development of young Africans 25-45 years of age and to help build a pan-Africa network of young leaders.