JOHANNESBURG - Africa's burgeoning youth population had the potential to be a demographic dividend, but unless properly harnessed could become a demographic nightmare.
This was one of the sentiments expressed on the opening day of the Infrastructure Africa conference taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
During the opening plenary session entitled Africa's path to growth - How Infrastructure Development will drive growth in Africa, moderator Sean Cleary warned of the dangers associated if the continent does not get key elements such as infrastructure development right.
Cleary, a former diplomat and Strategic Adviser to the World Economic Forum, outlined three key areas - infrastructure, human capital development and policies - which Africa needed to get right to ensure a prosperous future.
"If we can get infrastructure right, if we can get the human capital development right, and we can get the policies right, Africa's time will come."