Romuald Sadaka, a young entrepreneur from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, recently participated in the event “The Future of Work Dialogues for Young People in Fragile States – Sierra Leone and Liberia”, organized by the International Training Centre of the ILO in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on 28-29 September 2016.

Romuald – or as his friends call him, Romy – has shared some of his reflections and observations with Kwetu Magasine, a RD Congolese online magazine. In the interview, we learn that Romy is the Director of an environmentally-focused enterprise specialized in the collection and treatment of waste.

The event, in Romy’s words, aimed to convene around the same table all the major players in the world of work in countries identified as “fragile” and to assess the state of the art in the creation of decent jobs for youth with a view to devising an action plan to create about 600 million jobs for young people by 2030.

What was much appreciated, according to Romy, were the networking opportunities that were established to strengthen the synergy between young Africans entrepreneurs and to share experiences. This has allowed the Congolese delegation to showcase  the opportunities offered by their country and to discuss a twinning project in the field of tourism between the province of Lualaba Katanga and two provinces of Kenya. In addition, participants had several discussions with representatives of the various governments and international organizations to get direct and indirect support for youth entrepreneurship in the DRC and in other states in situations of fragility.

The full text of the interview (in French) can be found here.