Mandela stresses importance of co-op between African countries at WYF
CAIRO – 6 November 2018: Zondwa Mandela, the grandson of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, said on Monday that Egypt has once again returned to the African continent to support its unity and unanimity.
“My heart is always with Egypt, and this forum is deemed is a wonderful achievement, especially because of the exchange of young views because youths are the cornerstone of any country,” Mandela said.
Mandela added in press remarks that were broadcast live from Sharm al-Sheikh that Egypt is going in the right direction, pointing out to many positive aspects in the latest reform program.
He also stressed the importance of cooperation between African countries and youths to fight and encounter terrorism and extremism.
During a session titled, “How do we build future leaders?", President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called for the establishment of an African Youth City in Egypt as part of the recommendations of the second edition of the World Youth Forum.
The city, Sisi explained, would not only allow African youths to participate in international conferences in Egypt but will also receive African youths throughout the year.
The aim of establishing the Youth City of Africa in Egypt is to talk with the youth of the African continent and to qualify them for leading positions, explained the Egyptian President.
"Egypt is interested in the experiences of the youths and its success,” Sisi said, continuing, “We will make one of the recommendations that we make this the 'City for African Youths,' as suggested during this session. I hope that the committee that puts down the recommendations, put this recommendation.”
The World Youth Forum kicked off with the participation of around 5000 young people of 163 nationalities, hosting numerous renowned figures, leaders and intellectuals from around the world.