A coalition of international organisations has launched a youth competition on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) for young people in Africa as well as those in the Diaspora with African citizenship.
The competition dubbed the ‘Umoja Africa Campaign – Youth Contributing to the Implementation of the AfCFTA’ targets young people between the age of 18 and 35 years.
The programme is an initiative of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA), the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, Afreximbank, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
Those interested can submit essays, infographics and/ or animation on the topic; ‘The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)’ from July 31 to Deadline September 31. Winners announced in November.
The content for the competition should display ingenuity in communicating the AfCFTA to young people, by breaking down elements of the AfCFTA into simple and easy to understand content for their peers.
The aim is to encourage young people in Africa and those in the diaspora to contribute to the development of Africa’s young leaders and enhance youth participation in the implementation and achievement of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The competition will encourage them to participate in the implementation of the AfCFTA
The winning essay writer, infographics and animation creators will each receive a cash prize of $1,000. The first runners up will receive $500, second runners up $300. The essay winner will also receive a paid internship with one of the partner institutions, while the others will receive design contracts with other partners among other prizes.