On 10th April 2018, ACP YPN organised the 1st Regional Youth Forum of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) Regional Meeting in partnership with the Kenyan Young Parliamentarians Association (KYPA), the East African Legislative Assembly, the Commonwealth Youth Council, the COLEACP, the European Youth Forum, the Hoja Youth Summit at the United States International University (USIU), Nairobi on the sidelines of the 15th Regional Meeting of the JPA, 11-13 April 2018. The declaration is available in English & French.
The Forum began with opening remarks from Dr. Fatuma Ahmed Ali, Director of Programs-International Relations, USIU-Africa; Yentyl Williams, Director & Founder, ACP YPN and the keynote speech from Senator Mercy Chebeni.
The first panel was on “The role of youth in economic transformation” and featured a keynote opening speech from Hon. Kennedy Musyoka, East African Legislative Assembly. The panellists included Nancie Amunga, Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs & CEO, Dana Communication; Lucy Mbaye, Youth SACCO & Kenyan Private Sector Alliance; Eddy Musoke Daniel, Coordinator, Hoja Youth Summit and Yentyl Williams, Director & Founder, ACP YPN. The event was moderated by Antony Buluma, Director, KYPA & George Stanley Njoroge, Coordinator, Commonwealth Students Association & Editorial Advisory Board, Parliamentarian Journal.
The second part of the Forum was a breakout session whereby the Youth divided themselves in six groups to discuss and draw up three recommendations on the Agenda of the 15th Regional Meeting, on six topics:
- Regional integration and cooperation
- State of play of regional and inter-regional cooperation
- Regional cooperation with regard to security and its consequences on migration
- Trade, investment promotion and private sector development
- Energy and infrastructure needs
- Tourism and wildlife management – progress, prospects and challenges
- Agriculture and food security
- ACP-EU relations Post-Cotonou
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