The AfDB Young Professionals Programme (YPP): Mid-Term Review of the 3rd batch of trainees in Cameroun

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Les travaux y relatifs ont été co-présidés par le Directeur général de la Coopération et de l’Intégration Régionale au Minepat, Charles Assamba Ongodo et le Chargé des Opérations Pays de la BAD au Cameroun, Mohamed Coulibaly, ce 02 juin 2021 à Yaoundé.

In the course of the meeting, which brought together MINEPAT, AfDB officials, project coordinators and the trainees, participants inquired about the progress of the third batch of 48 young graduates currently on professional training courses within the Units of implementation of active projects in the AfDB Group portfolio in Cameroon. During the open and friendly exchanges, the trainees expressed their views on the unfolding of their internship, their experience and on the aftermath. On this last aspect, they suggested that MINEPAT should set up a mechanism to recruit them after the programme either in the civil service or in the Units of implementation of projects supported by development partners. The Mid-Term Review also included the presentation of certificates to the 2nd batch of trainees who expressed their satisfaction and gratitude to the AfDB officials.

The AfDB Country Operations Officer, Mohamed Coulibaly, said the AfDB's internship programme for young professionals was set up in collaboration with MINEPAT in 2016. It is part of the AfDB's Youth Employment Strategy for Africa which aims at creating 25 million jobs by 2025. The Programme actually started in 2017 with a first batch of 55 trainees who received their graduation certificates in 2019. The second group with 50 trainees ended in 2020. 48 young graduates are currently completing their professional training in AfDB-funded project implementation units. They are mainly public works engineers, water and sanitation engineers, experts in financial management, monitoring and evaluation, environment, etc.

“Cameroon is a pioneer and even the good performer of the AfDB programme and has been asked to initiate a 4th phase”, said the Director General of Cooperation and Regional Integration in MINEPAT. Mr. Charles Assamba also indicated that this initiative of the AfDB is in line with the objectives of the 2020-2030 National Development Strategy that Cameroon has just adopted, which gives high priority to human capital and the creation of decent jobs for young people.