|A Group Shot of the Panel Members/ Photo: Rotimi Olewale|
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.
Here are some of the decisions from the Panel Summit that we are able to communicate at the moment;
- The Panel will now be known to focus on the following key issues; Youth Employment and, Governance and Participation.
- A draft Strategic Framework was developed. The Steering Committee will elaborate on these areas in the coming weeks.
- 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.
- 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.
- Immediate steps to also be taken to explore partnerships with the African Union, the Danish Government and expanding current partnerships.
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"
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.