On June 11, 2015, the Public Affairs Section hosted a roundtable discussion, with members of the Embassy’s Youth Council, focused on assisting young entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship offers a means to address youth unemployment in Côte d’Ivoire, and support for youth entrepreneurship in turn promotes broad-based economic growth. The program also highlighted the themes associated with the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi. It featured three panelists who presented about the tools required for success.
The panelists were International Visitor Leadership Program alumna and African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), Vice President Suzanne Abrogoua, who owns a successful textile company; Mandela African Fellow (or Young African Leadership Initiative) alumnus Landry Kuyo of My Way Network, a non-profit which helps entrepreneurs in the tech arena, and a representative from The Ivoirian Center for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship (CEPICI), the government office that promotes investment and entrepreneurship.
Chargé d’Affaires Andrew Haviland opened the session, which was attended by young entrepreneurs, business students, and alumni of Department of State exchange programs.