Dhoha Bouzid, deputy Mayor of Sfax in Tunisia, spoke at the Africa-Europe Forum of Young Elected Officials organised as part of Africities 2018, which got under way in Morocco.
Bouzid deplored the inadequacy or absence of national or local public policies that favour young people and of urban policies that take their presence into account.
“In addition to political instability, the economic and social crises affecting some countries, the lack of transport, training and communication infrastructure does not meet the strong demand of an increasingly young and rights-conscious population,” she added.
“Such a situation is likely to push young people to seek better opportunities elsewhere than in their country or the continent,” she continued. “The growth of African cities must enable the reduction of inequalities, the integration of young people and the expression of their creativity,” she went on.