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“Since 2000, BYM has sought to create meaningful engagement between young and innovative solution-makers, and the more experienced members of society from business leaders and entrepreneurs, to thought leaders and policy-makers. Barclays Africa has reaffirmed its commitment to economic and socio-economic growth on the continent through its Shared Growth Strategy, with the aim of improving skills development and access to quality education.

Shared Growth is based on creating shared value, and places an emphasis on the connections between societal and economic progress, showing that they are mutually dependent, and when unleashed can stimulate substantial growth. “As a bank, we share an ambition to realise the youth potential of the continent and recognise the importance of doing so in a sustainable way that unlocks lasting growth for the communities in which we operate”, says Sazini Mojapelo, Group Head of Citizenship at Barclays Africa.

Since 2002, BYM has introduced delegates with opportunities beyond the summit, organising mentoring programs, training and development seminars and business development support. The week-long Summit aims to bridge the gap between young people and the professional world. It will also be a platform where attendees are encouraged to share ideas amongst peers, giving partner companies the opportunity to pose specific challenges facing their businesses to a group of bright, young Africans.

“Through working with BYM, Absa contributes to growth by having a positive impact on society. We recognise that there is a link between society’s progress and our own success, and we therefore continually seek opportunities to be a good corporate citizen, and contribute to the societies in which we operate in a meaningful way”, adds Mojapelo.