Junior Achievement Africa® Hosts 6th Annual Regional JA Company of the Year Competition

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JA Africa                                                           with                               Junior Achievement Zimbabwe

Accra, Ghana                                                                                                         Harare, Zimbabwe

JA (Junior Achievement) Zimbabwe is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the Regional Company of the Year Competition 2016, in collaboration with JA Africa. The event will take place from 7-9 December 2016 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The Company of the Year (COY) competition is an annual event and the culmination of JA’s highly acclaimed Company Program and provides an exciting and competitive element to the program that enhances the students’ experience and creates significant practical exposure to the competitive world of international business.

Currently impacting more than 380,000 young people a year globally, the JA Company Program teaches students how to start and run their own businesses, develop and market a product or service with the help and guidance of a local business volunteer/mentor. Through qualification rounds at the national level, finalists ultimately are selected to showcase their business acumen in a more competitive environment at the regional level. There, the COY creates a signature showcase for Junior Achievement, its sponsors and, most importantly, the students who have benefitted from the impact of the JA Company Program.

This annual event allows young people to demonstrate their business acumen and spirit of entrepreneurship in a competitive environment which engages business, education and policy leaders as well as the media.

This year, over 50 student entrepreneurs from across Africa will attend the event. Delegations will be represented from Botswana, Gabon, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Students will compete for prizes by showcasing their products to panels of judges to be drawn from business people and influencers from across Zimbabwe.

The theme for this year’s event is “Start Young: Own Your Future” and our confirmed Keynote Speaker is Madam Tigui Camara, a Guinean native and former international model turned mining entrepreneur.

JA Africa appreciates the investment of time and resources that our signature sponsors, Citi Foundation, Rogers Capital and FedEx as well as African Leadership Magazine have made to ensure the success of this event and the continued implementation of the JA Company Program.  Each young person at the competition represents thousands of others receiving entrepreneurship training, mentoring and access to capital that will transform their financial situations and improve the wellbeing of their families and communities.

About Junior Achievement:

Junior Achievement is one of the largest global NGOs dedicated to addressing fundamental social and economic challenges of young people by educating and empowering them to transform their futures and own their economic success. Through the delivery of cutting-edge, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, we effectively broaden the canvas of possibility for young people and enrich their ability to both engage in their own economic development and contribute to the strength of their families, communities, and economies. With more than 100 member countries, the JA Worldwide network is powered by over 450,000 volunteers and mentors from all sectors of society, reaching more than 10 million young people around the world every year.

About Citi Foundation:

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation’s “More than Philanthropy” approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information about Citi Foundation visit www.citifoundation.com/citi/foundation


About FedEx Corp:

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services.  With annual revenues of $58 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand.  Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 400,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities.  To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit .http://about.van.fedex.com/

About Rogers Capital:

Our common purpose is to combine world-class financial expertise with cutting edge technology to provide sophisticated solutions to businesses, institutions and individuals in their evolution towards a better tomorrow. At Rogers Capital, we believe that by blending the expertise of three business segments, corporate services, technology services and financial services, we can paint a bigger picture while using the power of technology to change the financial and business industry, making it more agile, efficient, and trustworthy. With our combined expertise, we make plans a reality and shape the future by committing people, capital, technology and smart ideas to serve our clients, shareholders and communities we operate in.



For more information, contact:

Maame Yankah

JA Africa Marketing & Communications Officer


+233 577 680 373


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