Tuesday, November 01, 2011

UPDATE: The African Youth Panel Summit finishes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011
A Group Shot of the Panel Members/ Photo: Rotimi Olewale
We featured a short article on the African Youth Panel a few days back. READ IT HERE. We talked about the Summit they were to conduct for 3 days. These are some of the results from the Summit.

The Summit

Just over 30 young professionals attended the Summit, together with partner from Canada and Denmark from 29th November to 1st November 2011. Also in attendance were representatives from the African Union Youth Division. What the Summit aimed to do was to set the basis for the institutionalization of the Panel. In doing this, participants listened to presentations from different sources to inform their decision. The presentations came from the African Union Youth Division, partners from Denmark and some of the participants themselves.

The Decisions
Members of the Panel Visiting the African Union HQ.

Here are some of the decisions from the Panel Summit that we are able to communicate at the moment;
  1. The Panel will now be known to focus on the following key issues; Youth Employment and, Governance and Participation.
  2. A draft Strategic Framework was developed. The Steering Committee will elaborate on these areas in the coming weeks.
  3. A 10 people Steering Committee was elected, with 2 representatives from 5 African regions. The Committee is led by a Chairperson from within the group coming from The Gambia.
  4. Procedural issues with respect to membership, composition of the steering committee, structure of the network and elections were also passed, together with Terms of Reference for the Steering Committee.
  5. AU Youth Division Representative
    Delivering a Statement. 
    "The AU Youth Division is Ready to 
    work with the Panel. 
    Help us translate the 2% youth 
    unemployment annual reduction 
    decision by heads of states"
  6. Immediate steps to also be taken to explore partnerships with the African Union, the Danish Government and expanding current partnerships.
Representation so far

Countries represented in the African Youth Panel so far include: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Tanzania, The Gambia, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The Panel will be releasing a statement together with launching of a new website. We will ensure the information is also available here.

Editorial Team.
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  1. I love the AYP! Full of intelligent and highly motivated young people! So much hunger for achievement and creating a better world for everyone! This was a great time again after 3 years!

  2. We appreciate your comment Tayanie. It was an honor for us to also be part of the process. We look forward to showcasing your work from this new beginning.

  3. Felix Limbani - Malawi8 November 2011 at 10:15

    Congratulations AYP - We reflect the extraordinary history and diversity of the continent. We've distinguished ourselves as leaders in civil society and development and business and faith communities and we've got an extraordinary future before us. In fact, we represent the Africa that so often is overlooked - young people full of talent and imagination, to build Africa for the next 50 years.


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