Governments and the private sector must work together if the inclusive and sustainable growth and employment objective of the Sustainable Development Goals is to be achieved, and the needs of a rapidly urbanizing young population are to be met.

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Overview

Governments and the private sector must work together if the inclusive and sustainable growth and employment objective of the Sustainable Development Goals is to be achieved, and the needs of a rapidly urbanizing young population are to be met. Widespread job creation requires the creation of new businesses and industries, but most importantly it depends on the ability of small- and medium-sized enterprises to scale-up. Larger companies are more productive and more competitive. This transition requires entrepreneurialism, creativity, and innovation on the part of the businesses, but it also requires an enabling business environment that allows for these enterprises to grow.

This event, which launched a new Chatham House Africa Programme report on growing businesses of scale in sub-Saharan Africa, brought together senior policymakers, business representatives, civil society and other experts to discuss opportunities for creating jobs in sub-Saharan Africa through the scaling up of small- and medium-sized enterprise.