Official Launch of YouLead Summit 2021
YouLead Summit 2021
Arusha, Tanzania - 20th September 2021
MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS TCDC), the East African Community (EAC), East African Business Council (EABC) and Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete Foundation will jointly convene the 5th East African Youth Leadership Summit from the 8th to 12th November 2021, rally the continent’s youth and policymakers behind one of Africa’s greatest needs - job creation. Since 2017, YouLead Summit has been jointly convened annually by the East African Community (EAC), MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MSTCDC) and other partners in Arusha Tanzania through their youth engagement initiatives – the EAC Youth Ambassadors Platform and YouLead Africa – Africa Youth Leadership Program respectively.
The annual climax event is now East Africa’s largest and most diverse forum of young leaders, mentors, government policymakers, development partners, private sector, academia, media and civil society coming together to craft responses to Africa’s rapidly growing youth population, their challenges and opportunities, and in 2021 it will expand to cover an Africa-wide audience, hence the name - YouLead Africa Summit.
YouLead Africa Summit 2021 will be hosted under the theme “The Future of Africa: Creating Jobs, Feeding, and Housing the World’s Youngest Continent” from the 8th – 12th November 2021 as a hybrid event with several speakers and a limited audience at the East African Community (EAC) headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, and beamed virtually to an Africa-wide audience, with thousands participating through virtual platforms and live telecast.
“As a centre, collaboration has always been the hallmark of our programming. We are therefore pleased to be convening the 5th edition of the summit, in partnership with the EAC and several partners from across the region”, said Ms Makena Mwobobia, the Centre’s Executive Director. “The Summit provides a progressive platform for young people from the continent to interact with thought leaders and peers while providing practical solutions to the most pressing issues and challenges affecting them in regard to political leadership, economic empowerment and peace and security matters”, added Sodfa Daaji, this year’s Summit Director.
The summit is convening for the 5th edition and will highlight the importance of collaborative efforts to boost investment and trade for Africa’s burgeoning youth population. It is co-convened by H.E Jakaya Kikwete, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania who is also YouLead’s Patron, with Hon. Dr Peter Mathuki, the EAC Secretary-General as co-convener, and the East African Business Council as the region’s private-sector apex body. It will also feature other Heads of State, confirmed eminent leaders, Government representatives and Private sector representatives from across the region.
The last edition of the summit was broadcast from Arusha, Bujumbura, Juba, Kigali and Nairobi from the 23rd - 27th November 2020, with over 6,500 participants from 20 countries and 40 speakers interacting in what was one of Africa’s first hybrid summit formats.
YouLead Africa Summit is now open for registration at https://www.youleadsummit.org
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For more information on the summit visit www.youleadsummit.org
ISSUED BY MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation.
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Date:Monday 08 - Friday 12 November 2021
Time: 09h00 – 17h00 - (East African Time)
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