On 22-23 November 2019, delegates from across Africa and high-level representatives from current and past governments participated in the maiden Young African Leaders Summit that took place in Accra-Ghana.  The first edition of the Young African Leaders Summit, an initiative of the Young Politicians and Leaders Network was well participated. Delegates from all over Africa converged at the Accra International Conference Centre to deliberate on key challenges faced by the youth of Africa and proposed how these challenges can be addressed.

The Summit also achieved one of it’s key aim of empowering young aspiring leaders and encouraging the youth to be much interested in the political leadership of their country’s.

The Former President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama graced the occasion. He used the occasion to further empower young leaders present at the summit. He shared his personal experiences in leadership with delegates. He stressed on the need for governments to concentrate more on industrialization.

Ghana’s Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister under the NPP Government, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison also seized the occasion to empower delegates. She stressed on the need for the youth of Africa to believe in themselves.

A rich exchange of ideas and good practices for tackling Africa’s high level unemployment took place. Delegates explored in detail how entrepreneurship could help reduce unemployment and called on more support from the government and private entities.

Summit Vision

The Young African Leaders Summit which collated ideas from some of the continent’s finest youth figures and aggregated them into relevant themes able to shape policy on the continent will be submitted to the African Union.

The summit again achieved another aim of being a platform for cross-country idea-sharing and assimilation and an opportunity to bridge identity gap that is often perceived to exist within the youthful population of Africa.

The summit which is an initiative of The Young Politicians and Leaders Network, is a global movement of young change agents dedicated to training its cohort to take up leadership roles to influence the future of Africa and the world at large.

Panel sessions, focus group discussions and ideas were collated at the summit and a communique called the ”AFRICAN YOUTH MANIFESTO” will be submitted to the African Union.

The just ended Summit (22nd – 23rd November, 2019) was under the Theme: Securing the future of Africa: The Role of the African Youth, Young Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs

The Summit was the first ever largest continental youth gathering in Ghana which mobilized a diversity of delegates and policy makers from all African countries comprising government officials, members of the diplomatic corp, international agency representatives, entrepreneurs, emerging youth and student leaders to collate ideas from the continent’s finest figures to aggregate them into relevant themes able to shape policy on the continent.

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