By Nestor Njodzefe
This was during the 5th edition of the Cameroon Digital skills Campaign organized by the National Agency for Information and Communication Technology (ANTIC) and The Change Engine, on the theme “Digital Skills for Youth Entrepreneurship in the fourth Industrial revolution.”
From the 24th to the 28th of April in Bafoussam, the youths drawn from universities in the West region were engaged in practical modules around artificial intelligence, digital economy, innovative approaches to reinventing customer and business experiences through disruptive technologies.
They were also availed with opportunities of employment, job creation and business relative to the Information and Communication Technologies.
Speaking during the official opening of the 5 day campaign, the Director General of ANTIC, Prof Ebot Ebot Enaw, expressed fears that with the advent of Artificial Intelligence, disruptive digital technologies such as ChatGPT, about 300 million jobs could be lost in the near future.
It is within backdrop that he challenged the youths at the campaign to tap from the insights of disruptive digital technologies being presented by experts at the campaign to upscale their skills and be ready to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution.
The Director of The Change Engine, Mme Helen Manyi Arrey, in her remarks said the campaign is designed to help young people have the requisite skills to access upper tier employment, pursue grand entrepreneurial ventures as well as harness technology to create and tailor made solutions to Cameroon’s complex problems while generating income for themselves.