The United Nations Development Programme has launched the Acceleration Laboratory for Cameroon which is aimed at stimulating the economic growth of local innovators and tackle global challenges.
The Acc Lab was launched on Friday, February 26 in Yaounde in the presence of the Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Issa Tchiroma Bakary as well as other government Ministers.
Launching the Acc Lab, the Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP in Cameroon, Alassane Ba said the objective is to give visibility to local innovators, sensitive stakeholders in their key role in seeking innovative solutions as well as inform stakeholders on the vision and methodologie of the Acc Lab.
The launch of the Acc Lab in Cameroon will equally be an opportunity to help fight unemployment and boost the professional ecosystem of Cameroon.
On his part, the Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Issa Tchiroma Bakary lauded the initiative which he said falls in line with efforts by the government to provide innovative solutions to youth unemployment in Cameroon.
Thus, the launch of the Acc Lab at the Yaounde Conference Centre is bringing together several innovators and influencers, the civil society, development partners and diplomatic representations, universities and other higher institutes of learningas well as at least six government ministries.
For two days, teams of the Acc Lab will hold working sessions with the various stakeholders on the challenges of socioprofessional integration of graduates in Cameroon. There will equally be exchanges with funders as well as the government as well as a mini fair for the invited innovators and a workshop for professional orientation.
It should be noted that the UNDP’s Accelerator Laboratory brings together entrepreneurs, engineers, data specialists and local innovators ..etc to brainstorm on challenges facing development challenges of each country. At the start, it was made up of 60 teams covering but since 2020, the UNDP’s Acc Lab has 90 teams covering 114 countries, including Cameroon.