The government of Uganda together with the Union for African Population Studies is set to host the 8th African Population Conference next month.
Africa Tembelea has learnt that the conference scheduled for November 18-22, 2019 at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel, in Entebbe, will be held under the theme “Harnessing Africa’s population dynamics for sustainable development: 25 years after Cairo and beyond.”
According to the state minister for finance in charge of planning, Mr. David Bahati, the conference is meant “to provide an opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing between researchers, policy makers, public health experts among other key stakeholders in the population and development field.”
Adding that, “Africa in general is a very young continent. About 40 per cent of the population is below 15 years of age, and an additional 30 per cent fall between 15-24 years. This demographic profile presents a unique opportunity to achieve massive social economic transformation through harnessing the demographic dividend.”
The minister attributed the country’s hosting of such international and continental conferences to the increased confidence of the international community in Uganda’s peace and stability and appreciation of its people’s hospitality.
“These are dividends of peace and security we have maintained over time but also confidence in our population in terms of hospitality, so it is a good sign that the international community now have full confidence in our country and we should take advantage of this to get some economic benefits,” he said on Thursday while addressing journalists at the media centre.
“Uganda will not only share the pathways towards attaining the demographic dividend in Cognizance of the country’s vision 2040 as well as the sustainable development goals, but will learn from countries that have advanced in domesticating the 2017 African Union Roadmap of harnessing the demographic dividend,” Mr. Bahati added.
The first African Population conference was held in Senegal in 1988 while the last summit was held in South Africa in 2015. This summit is held every after four years with the aim of sharing and disseminating scientific information on key population, health and development issues facing the continent.