Maiden edition of Young African Leaders Summit slated for November 22-23

The Young African Leaders Summit, a gathering of young people across the continent, is aimed at collating ideas from Africa’s finest youth figures that will be aggregated into relevant themes for shaping policies on the continent.

The summit will also be 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.

Immediate-past President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E John Dramani Mahama will grace the occassion as Special Guest of Honour.

There will also be Special Representatives from International Agencies including government officials from both local and foreign countries as well as some members of the Diplomatic Corps.

The event which is scheduled to take place in Ghana at the Accra Digital Centre will engage participants in cultural exchange, networking, panel discussions on leadership, entrepreneurship, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), creative arts, digital innovation, focused group sessions, working in teams, complex and time-pressured contexts.

The idea is to create a platform where participants would converge to discuss and formulate solutions to some of Africa’s pressing and emerging problems.

The event which is organized by the Young Politicians and Leaders (YPL) Network, promises to be educative and engaging as well as present an opportunity for the voices of the youth to be heard.

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In an interview, Mr. Patrick Fynn, Programmes Director and Convenor said the Young Politicians and Leaders Network is managed by a team of experienced, vibrant, dynamic, and committed young professionals and leaders 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 in general.

He was quick to add that the organization is “not a political organization and it is not affiliated to any political party and we do not project any political parties’ agenda or align with any political party.”

He said: “We are a registered company in the UK and Ghana and operate as a non-governmental and non-profit organization. We have a goal of nurturing, providing mentorship and strategic leadership training to aspiring young leaders in areas of politics and diplomacy, student leaders, social movement activists, aspiring young entrepreneurs or young entrepreneurs, empowering women and facilitating the holistic development or progression of the youths or next generation of leaders at all levels. Young Politicians & Leaders Network plays a crucial role in the economy of Africa.”

Speakers for this summit include Chief Moomen, (Playwright & Creative Playwright), Prince Kojo Hilton (Arts Director), Arnold Asamoah Baidoo (Journalist), Naa Ashorkor (Actor), Cynthia Quarcoo (Corporate Lawyer), Santokh Singh (Multimedia Group Managing Director), Emmanuel Addo (YPLN), Peter Kodjie (AASU Secretary General), Isaac Sesi (Engineer), Ameyaw Debrah (Blogger) and Ernestina Appiah (Ghana Code Club).

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Other speakers include Laud Anthony Basin (Biomedical Scientist, Youth Advocate), Samuel Brown Ndubuisi, (Business Consultant, Nigeria), Abena Dugan (Commonwealth Youth Council), Edem Agbana (NDC Youth Organizer).

The rest are Kofi Ofosu (Accra Digital Centre), John Dumelo (Entrepreneur/Actor), Sarpei Kwadei (Agribusiness Entrepreneur), Awura Abena Agyemang (CEO, WearGhana), Tornyi Senayah (CEO, Horseman Shoes), Anthony Dzamefe (CEO, Caveman Watches)

Topics to be discussed will be centred on the Creative and Arts industry, African Leadership, Digital Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment as well as Youth Development and Capacity Building.

Delegates for the summit will be sought across all African countries including Ghana and would have to complete an application process. They are expected to assemble in Ghana on the eve of the day for the summit and be housed in hotels close to the venue.

For registration and more information, visit www.yalsummit.org

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