Compelling speaker line-up announced for Standard Bank Malawi’s first Socio-Economic Forum

A compelling line up of policy makers and business leaders from Europe, Africa and Malawi are scheduled to address delegates attending Standard Bank Malawi’s first Socio-Economic Forum focussing on the youth next week, Tuesday March 28th in Malawi’s administrative capital, Lilongwe.

Standard Bank CEO Andrew Mashanda: One of the speakers

Under the theme; “Youth Entrepreneurship: Creating Opportunities to Build Mother Malawi,” the forum has been organised in partnership with UNICEF and the Government of Malawi, and will put the spotlight on potential of the Malawi youth market and bring customers closer to the market’s opportunities.

Keynote speakers include Mia Seppo, UN Resident Representative,  Dr. Joseph Yossie Shevel, President of Galileo International Management and Resident Representatives from key UN bodies in Malawi namely, Dr Dan Odallo and Johannes Wedenig.

Others notable speakers expected are Henry Mussa, MP and Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and  Manpower Development, Mike Kafe Standard Bank Group Research Andrew Mashanda Chief Executive Officer of Standard Bank Limited  and Kondwani Mlilima, Chief Risk Officer of Standard Bank Limited.

Another exciting speaker to look forward to is Rachel Sibande, founder of mHub, Malawi’s first technology incubation hub which has trained over 4,000 young people with digital and entrepreneurial skills.

Dr. Joseph Yossie Shevel will discuss the potential of youth employment in the agriculture sector in Malawi based on lessons drawn from Israel where young graduates and agriculture entrepreneurs are using high technology.  Malawi’s economy is agriculturally-driven.

“The presentation will centre on the methods and techniques to be implemented in Malawi in order to develop incubators for young Malawians and how to develop the agricultural sector to be more competitive in SADC and to lower youth unemployment,” said Shevel.

Johannes Wedenig, Representative, UNICEF Malawi noted, “Malawi has one of the youngest populations in Africa. Investing in children is investing in Malawi’s future. Partnerships with the Government of Malawi and Standard Bank are key to ensuring that the rights of all Malawi’s children are realized. Children’s issues are everyone’s issues and should unite all sections of society.”

Mike Kafe will share economic insights in Africa, SADC and Malawi.

Dr Dan Odallo is the UNFPA Country Representative and will discuss economic opportunities for the youth as the emerging demographic divided.

The forum will be privileged to have Vice President of the Republic of Malawi Dr Saulos Chilima as Guest of Honour.

Invited guests will have the opportunity to network with like-minded people, policy makers, UN and government officials as well as be in a position to assess for themselves the underlying potential in youth and how to navigate the challenges they face in their entrepreneurship strides.

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