8 January 2013

Gambia: Guinea Bissau Delegation Arrives for NAYCONF

A delegation of youth leaders from the sister Republic of Guinea Bissau arrived Saturday at the ongoing 10th edition of the National Youth Conference and Festival (NAYCONF) in Bansang, Central River Region.

Led by the president of the Guinea Bissau National Youth Council, Dito Max, the delegation is in the country to honour the invitation extended to them by The Gambia National Youth Council for participation in the country's biggest biennial youth convergence.

The Bissau-Guinean delegation together with other invited groups in the sub-region would take part in the activities of the NAYCONF that centered on the theme, "Directing and re-orienting youth participation towards the productive sectors of the economy."

Welcoming the delegation, the executive secretary of the National Youth Council, Marcel Mendy, informed that their guests' participation in the 10th edition formed part of the provisions of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached by the two Councils in Banjul in 2010. "It is better to have young people from outside the country to share with us their experiences in their countries from which we can learn and incorporate into our activities," he said.

Mendy noted the significance of the international nature of the confab in enhancing sharing of experiences, creating strong links with their various counterparts, as future leaders of their respective countries.

The head of the Bissau-Guinean delegation, Dito Max, shared the viewpoint of the Gambian youths that the future development of the African continent greatly lies on the shoulders of her youth. Expressing delight that the two youth Councils have established fruitful links, Max urged the continent's youth to create a workable follow-up measures on the recommendations they make for governments to implement.

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