Unleashing youth potential crucial for Africa's development: AU official

Unleashing youth potential crucial for Africas development AU officialADDIS ABABA, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) emphasized on unleashing the potential of youth towards sustainable development on the continent.

Martial De-Paul Ikounga, AU Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST) made these remarks when addressing a press conference organized in the framework of the 26th AU Summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.

The commissioner hailed the ongoing 5th Intergenerational Dialogue that has assembled over 200 hundred youths, delegates, ministers and heads of institutions.
The dialogue kicked off on Wednesday in Addis Ababa under the theme: "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Africa towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goals and AU Agenda 2063."

With youths coming from five regions of Africa present at the meeting, the dialogue aims to build a platform for improved contacts between youths and key policy makers to deepen understanding and strengthen solidarity.

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