The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Africa’s need to empower the youth and foster a spirit of unity

Second Bureau Meeting Focuses on Strengthening the Interface between Youth Culture and Sport

3 September 2015- The Second Bureau Meeting of the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Youth, Culture and Sport took place today, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in the Republic of Congo’s capital, Brazzaville.

Among the guests present at the meeting were: The African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs H.E Dr. Mustafa Sidiki Kaloko; Youth and Civic Education Minister of the Republic of Congo H.E Anatole Collinet Makosso; the State Minister and Chief of Staff of the President Mr. Firmin Ayessa and African Union Commissioner of Human Resources, Science and Technology H.E Dr. Martial De Paul Ikounga.

The main objectives of the meeting included: An endorsement of the request to host the sub-committee on sport; review the progress on the implementation of decisions of the first meeting on youth, culture and sport; and discuss the proposed theme, date and venue for the Second Session of the Specialized Technical Committee Meeting on Youth, Culture and Sport.

A common sentiment shared by all the speakers was Africa’s need to empower the youth and foster a spirit of unity. Mr Makosso spoke on the importance of culture and sport to the development of youth. He also encouraged investing in and creating sustainable initiatives, so that the dividends would go towards developing young people.

AU Commissioner of Human Resources Science and Technology Dr Martial de Paul Ikounga described sport as a unifying factor. “We should work to ensure sport continues to unite people”, he said. Recalling African success at the recently ended the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) world championships athletics held in Beijing, Dr. Ikounga said: “We are happy that Kenya has demonstrated that Africa is on the way to actualizing its dreams.” Commissioner Ikounga also recalled that  Africa’s development path is well mapped out in the continental Agenda 2063 Framework. “We don’t need to make another agenda”, he said.

While the continent is acknowledged for fostering some of the world’s top talents, some challenges still need to be addressed. There is a need to create sustainable solutions to problems that the youth face, which include unemployment and having a favorable business environment across Africa. These were the views expressed by State Minister and Chief of Staff of the President Mr Firmin Ayessa at the meeting.

The State Minister also reminded the guests that the youth are waiting for answers on three fronts: investment, opportunities and capacity building. He also touched on the Invention and Innovation meeting, which takes place every two years, as an opportunity for the youth to showcase their work and talents.  

Today’s meeting took place against the backdrop of the 11th edition of the Africa Games which are due to be officially opened by Congolese President Mr Denis Sassou Nguesso on 4 September in Brazzaville, an occasion which will be attended by African Union Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. The games this year also mark 50 years since the country hosted the first ever African Games in 1965.

African Union Commission

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_________________________________________________

September 2017 Edition

 
 
_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Human Capacity 26 August 2017 Ambassador LIN Songtian of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) to South Africa (SA) outlined China’s policy and vision and how it is developing to position China as... <|> India’s Foreign Policy Analysis:  Modi Doctrine a book authored by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia This month in an exclusive interview The Diplomatic Society Global Editor Srimal Fernando engages Dr.... <|> Progress made in Libya talks 12 September 2017 President Jacob Zuma has commended the progress made towards the resolution of conflict in Libya. The President was on a working visit to Brazzaville... <|> Egypt Candidate for UNESCO 12 September 2017 Egypt Special Envoy has started an African tour to convey the Egyptian government's thanks for the African countries support to Minister Moshera Khattab... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> Iran-South Africa cooperation promote global peace 12 September 2017 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says cooperation between Iran and South Africa can play a prominent role in promoting peace... <|> South Africa and Vietnam accelerate trade 12 September 2017 South Africa and Vietnam have agreed to fast track trade relations. This emerged during SA Minister of International Relations and... <|> BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future 12 September 2017 The 9th BRICS Summit was successfully held in Xiamen, China from 3 to 5 September 2017. Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired the... <|> Seeking trade opportunities in Russia 11 September 2017 Local companies have been urged to look for trade opportunities in the Russian market. Minister Plenipotentiary at the South Africa Embassy... <|> Seeking study opportunities 14 September 2017 A delegation from China recently visited the Pearson Institute for Higher Education in Ashlea Gardens Pretoria, to talk about study opportunities for... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.