Africa's ICT discussed at World Bank youth forum

5 August 2010

Harnessing the power of information and communications technology (ICT) in youth engagement programmes was one of the issued discussed during a recent event in Nigeria.

Some 30 young people gathered at the World Bank country office in Abuja on July 14th to talk about their role in the west African country's development and the importance of information sharing was underlined.

In order to strengthen youth involvement in World Bank programmes, it was resolved that the internet and other mediums of communication should be used more to achieve this.

Speaking at the forum, Onno Ruhl, country director for the World Bank in Nigeria, commented: "It is really important for us as practitioners of development to think of factoring youth into the development process."

Meanwhile, an estimated one million jobs could be created in Nigeria thanks to the ICT sector, according to a recent article in Vanguard, which cited software and agricultural processing technologies as some of the areas with potential.

Categories: ICT

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