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Morocco Hosts 2019 Youth Innovation Summit

The Youth Innovation Summit, which seeks to encourage innovation, sustainable development and entrepreneurship in Morocco, will be held Sept. 30- Oct. 4, in Rabat and Salé.

The five-day event is organized by the Moroccan ministry of Youth & Sports, UNDP and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the support of local and international eco-system partners.

Over 100 young talents will be selected to work together on creative and innovative solutions to some of Morocco’s biggest social and economic challenges in an Innovation Lab.

The event will focus on three key overarching themes: climate change & renewable energy; urban sustainability; and agribusiness & food production.

These themes have been prioritized as the most pressing challenges in Morocco, and at the same time have the potential for development and economic growth.

The young Moroccan talents will have the opportunity to work on challenges and will acquire new tools in order to start their own businesses and contribute to sustainable development.

The summit will culminate with a Youth Dialogue Festival, a public platform for more than 2.500 guests to engage in dialogue and discussion about sustainable development, and youths’ participation.

The festival will provide a space to present and celebrate the talents’ innovative solutions, spark dialogue between youth and social actors, inspire visitors and participants, and present opportunities for participation, entrepreneurship, engagement and employment for young people.

Morocco’s youth population provides a great opportunity for the country’s economic growth and development. However, tapping into this potential requires opportunities for participation and inclusion of young people in the economy and society.

The Youth Innovation Summit provides youth with the appropriate tools, space, and support required to contribute with concrete solutions and innovative ideas to boost inclusive sustainable development in the North African Kingdom.

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