In the framework of the “4th Global Entreps Awards & #5Gcitizens 2018” (18–19 June), YouthProAktiv joined the panel session “You my Dear Customer, 5 Continents – The Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan (Sustainable Businesses)” where high-level speakers representing five different continents spoke about topics such as the importance of entrepreneurship, the current framework in Europe and how to improve it.
The main objectives of the Global Entreps Awards and related activities are to facilitate and promote the creation of new joint partnerships between different types of stakeholders, and potential EU projects, bring together best practices and experiences that may be reproduced and further improved, spread knowledge, showcase successful achievements that might pave the way for future change and innovation, and raise awareness about the pros of engaging institutions with citizens, through innovation and bottom-up sustainable development.
The international panel debate featured as speakers Presidents of Young Entrepreneurs from the different continents: Ms. Innocentia Motau, President Entrepreneurs Africa; Mr. Andrea Gelfi, President JEUNE – Young Entrepreneurs Europe; Mr. Michael Lee, Secretary General World Alliance – Young Entrepreneurs of Asia; Mr. Jacobo Pombo, President GYLF – Global Youth Leadership Forum (Latin America); Mr. Archie Ravishankar, UN Youth Ambassador Australia-India, Young Entrepreneur Australia; and Mr. Jean Van Wetter, General Director at Handicap International, Humanity & Inclusion, Business Case. Moreover, opening statements were delivered by Mr. Arnaldo Abruzzini, CEO of EuroChambres, and keynote conclusions speeches by Mr. Christophe Leclercq, Founder of EURACTIV & Associate Professor at ULB, and Mr. Jorge Eduardo Ríos of United Nations. The session was moderated by Mr. Alberto Carvalho, AJEPC & SinoPLPE China and Portuguese Speaking Countries.
All the speakers agreed that it is necessary to create a new ecosystem for new entrepreneurs, an environment which permits them to develop their business. Although the situation of each young entrepreneur is different in each country, young people want to create something new, a new future. It is necessary to create a new legal framework which provides support, from national level to EU level. The need for an educational change was debated too; the speakers believed that the educational system should be adapted to the new needs and the new society. It is also important to take into account the development of growing economies like Asia or Africa, young and with a huge potential, as emphasised by Mr. Lee and Ms. Motau.
The two-day event featured a number of other topics as well, such as Collaborative Economy, Sustainable Development, Industrial Digitalisation or Skills for Jobs in the tourism context. The session ‘Updated Women’ – Inclusive Quality Education and Life-long Learning for All introduced not only important topics but also a number of inspirational female entrepreneurs, experts, senior leaders and policy-makers.