Independent Continental Youth Advisory Council on AfCFTA (ICOYACA)

The Independent Continental Youth Advisory Council on AfCFTA (ICOYACA) is a youth-led continental body initiated by young people from the continent of Africa, under the guidance and stewardship of MS TCDC/Youlead Africa, the East African Community/EAC Youth Ambassadors Platform, East African Business Council (EABC) with technical and financial collaboration from the GIZ-African Union office.

The Council is an outcome of a one-week continental summer boot camp for young business leaders and policy makers on AfCFTA whose report is here. The participants of the bootcamp proceeded to take part in the Youlead Africa 2021 Summit.

ICOYACA was officially launched on the 9th November 2021 by H.E Jakaya Kikwete, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania who doubles as Patron of YouLead, during the Youlead Africa 2021 Summit in the presence of Hon. Dr. Peter Mathuki, EAC Secretary General, AfCFTA Secretariat Senior Officials and youth leaders from various AU member states.

Vision

To facilitate the institutionalisation of youth participation in the implementation processes of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Mission

Mobilise & empower young people to participate in Intra-African Trade through information dissemination, Capacity-building, advising and negotiating with governments, and institutions to develop and implement an inclusive and sustainable AfCFTA framework.

OFFICE OF THE CHAIRPERSON

Emolot Allan David

Chairperson

Edith Njage

Vice Chairperson

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL

Blondel Abdallah Katongola

Secretary General

Diana Majala

Administrative and Information Assistant

COMMUNICATION DIRECTORATE

Thembela Msibi

Communications Directorate Head

Phelisters Wegesa

Head AfCFTA Youth Engage Series

Walusimbi Emmanuel

Head Graphics and Design

Vinold John Mkenda

Swahili Language Translator

PARTNERSHIP & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS DIRECTORATE

Mengesha Feben Tamrat

Directorate Head

Dr Eileen C. Zuberi

Deputy Head In-charge of Diaspora Engagement

Daniel Aryee

Coordinator African Union and Office of the Youth Envoy

Juuso Järviniemi

Europe Coordinator

LEGAL AND GOVERNANCE DIRECTORATE

Mansouza Kingu

Directorate Head

Adewale Fajana

Deputy Head In-charge Trade

PROGRAMME AND CAPACITY BUILDING DIRECTORATE

Roy Sasaka Telewa

Directorate Head

Linda Chepkwony

Deputy Head

Pressy Akinyi Sandra

Head of Coordination

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORATE

Danile Akinjise

Deputy Head In-charge of Development

Francis Bullton

Directorate Head

Joseph Mimbale

Deputy Head In-charge of Research

FINANCE DIRECTORATE

Salma Emmanuel

Directorate Head

Tamarah Boussamba

Deputy Head

NATIONAL CHAPTERS

At present, ICOYACA has a presence in 43 African Nations (AU Member States) and engaging 10 youth in each country referred to as National Champions.

WEST AFRICA CHAPTERS

NORTH AFRICA CHAPTERS

CENTRAL AFRICA CHAPTERS

EASTERN AFRICA CHAPTERS

SOUTHERN AFRICA CHAPTERS

EASTERN AFRICA CHAPTERS

Emnet Mesfin

Ethiopia Country Champion

John Walugembe

Uganda Country Champion

Bimenyimana Beny

Rwanda Country Champion

Gola Boyoi

South Sudan Country Champion

Mohamed G. Galab

Djibouti Country Champion

Siham Adan

Somalia Deputy Country Champion

Grace A. Garang

South-Sudan Deputy Country Champion

Fabrice Kaburugutu

Burundi Country Champion

NORTH AFRICA CHAPTERS

Hassan Ali Ghazaly

Egypt Country Champion

Amine Amine

Morocco Country Champion

Manel Ben Ammar

Tunisia Country Champion

Sanad M. Alfakhry

Libya Country Champion

Ba Bocar Abdoulaye

Mauritania Country Champion

Sami Aissaoui

Algeria Country Champion

Zeini Ali Taleb

Western Sahara Country Champion

WEST AFRICA CHAPTERS

Khadim Diop

Senegal Country Champion

Felicia D. Pitt

Liberia Country Champion

Lucien Aguegue

Benin Country Champion

Brice Romaric Kone

Ivory Coast Country Champion

Moise PITASSA

Togo Country Champion

Timi Oshinowo

Nigeria Country Champion

Othman Jallow

Sierra Leone Country Champio

Bright Amuzu

Ghana Country Champion

SOUTHERN AFRICA CHAPTERS

Dingiswayo Jere

Malawi Country Champion

Ruth Nawakwi

Zambia Country Champion

Trisha Hoareau

Seychelles Country Champion

Victor Baatweng

Botswana Country Champion

Lerato Mochesane

Lesotho Country Champion

Andile Mthombeni

South Africa Country Champion

Dambuza Tanatsiwa

Zimbabwe Country Champion

Omar Ibn Abdillah

Comoros Country Champion

CENTRAL AFRICA CHAPTERS & OTHER CHAMPIONS

Essame Bruno

Cameroon Country Champion

Lagrange Fidele

Gabon Country Champion

Rabby Gelson

Angola Country Champion

Lintle Fosa

Lesotho Deputy Country Champion

Nhlanhla Ngwenya

Eswatini Country Champion

Hassan Sheik Abdi

Somalia Country Champion

Mutagoma Sarah

Rwanda Deputy Country Champion

Etiang Timothy

Uganda Deputy Country Champion

Africa Under 40 CEO's & Entrepreneurs Network

Africa Under 40 CEO's & Entrepreneurs Network

AFRICA UNDER 40 CEOs AND ENTREPRENEURS NETWORK (AFRICEN) was conceived in November 2019 in Arusha, Tanzania, under the auspices of the Under 40s Business Leaders Forum (the Forum) of the YouLead Summit 2019. The Forum gathers young and enterprising leaders in business, policymakers and decision makers in government, and development practitioners to find solutions to pressing issues in the region’s business environment.

Cardinal to the Forum’s existence is tackling youth unemployment through nurturing enterprise and encouraging innovation. The establishment of a conducive environment for commerce is at the heart of the Forum’s discourse, whose ultimate goal is a skilled, competitive workforce that is able to drive sustainable development through entrepreneurship, innovation and job creation.

The network aims to achieve the following objectives;

  • 1. To provide a platform for young entrepreneurs and CEOs to network, share experiences and learn from each other’s best case practices.
  • 2. To convene discussions with relevant stakeholders and address challenges faced by young entrepreneurs and CEOs, notably as in relation with international trade.
  • 3. To mobilize a broad constituency and leverage resources for joint advocacy on matters relating to youth in business in the East Africa Community and beyond.

Framework of Engagement

Core Mandate

The (AFRICEN) shall exist to strengthen youth leadership in the private sector of the continent Structure of the Network

Membership

Any entrepreneur or CEO below the age of 40 from Africa, or supporting organisations, interested in becoming a member can do so by filling an online form which will be approved by the Steering Committee.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Delegates from the YouLead 2019,2020, 2021 Under 40 Business Forum and other YouLead alumni who are entrepreneurs or CEOs
  • Representatives from ICOYACA Secretariat
  • Representatives from the EAC Youth Ambassadors Platform
  • Representatives from African Business Apex bodies and other organizations with key interests in youth in business and enterprise
  • Representative from AfCFTA Secretariat
  • Representatives from youth-led organisations in the area of enterprise
  • Representatives from leading innovation hubs
  • YouLead Consortium members working with young entrepreneurs
  • Representatives from National Youth Councils

The Team | West Africa

Musa Konneh

Deputy Chairperson, Sierra Leone

Onyekachi Ololo

Deputy Chairperson, Nigeria

The Team | East Africa

Timothy Etiang George

Chairperson, Uganda

Josephine Nakabuubi

Deputy Chairperson, Uganda

Kennedy Odera

Chairperson, Kenya

Sarah Nzalambi Nyawa

Deputy Chairperson, Kenya

The Team | South Africa

Nandi Mkwanazi

Chairperson
South Africa

Thembela Msibi

Deputy Chairperson Eswatini

Nozipho Dlamini

Secretarty General Eswatini