AU, ECOWAS, Partner on Youth Development

AU, ECOWAS, Partner on Youth Development

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The acting Head of the AU’s African Governance Architecture (AGA) Ambassador Salah Ahmed has stressed that Africa cannot be a better place for its people unless the youth take up the gauntlet to become the genuine leaders of tomorrow.

“We must find a way to eradicate the negative definition of youth. We recognize that youths are key stakeholders in the drive to create a healthy continent,” he said, speaking at opening ceremony of a three-day regional consultation meeting on the theme: Harnessing the Democratic Dividend through Investments in Youth at the ECOWAS Commission, in Abuja, Nigeria on September 12, 2017.

The ECOWAS Commission is partnering with the African Union (AU) on the empowerment of the youth of the continent with a bid to tapping into their potential and productivity.

The ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Halima Ahmed said the platform provides open, collaborative and inclusive space for young people to “critically and objectively reflect on progress made so far, challenges encountered, and prospects for enhancing meaningful youth participation in Africa’s democratization processes”

Commissioner Ahmed noted that since youth are critical in bringing about social and political transformation, there is need “for deliberate, constructive and strategic efforts to ensure that the size of our youth population in ECOWAS Member States is depicted as a ‘democratic dividend’ carrying hopes for future growth and development in the region”

She also stressed the importance of partnering with the private sector to advance the cause of the youth.

Photo/ECOWAS:  Panelists at the Opening Ceremony