The Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) with sponsorship from the Ministry of Youth and Sports has begun preparations to host the West Africa Youth Camp in Liberia.
The youth event, which will be held for the first time in the country, is a component of the African Youth Conference on Democracy and Good Governance.
The event slated for December 12-16, will be held at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC).
In a Daily Observer interview, Jarius Andrew Greaves, Chair on Media and Publicity of the organizing committee, said the event is expected to bring together over 350 West African youth leaders and key officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other West African Heads of States.
According to Mr. Greaves, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who also chairs ECOWAS, will be the guest of honor at the event.
The four-day event, he said, seeks to enable young African leaders to take the lead in the implementation of “Agenda 2063” and also encourage young people to actively get involved in entrepreneurship.
Greaves added: “Entrepreneurship is a driving force of development in any country, therefore, with the young people’s involvement in entrepreneurship, the program will pave the way for greater development.”
Agenda 2063, according to the African Union’s website, is a call for action to all segments of African society to work together to build a prosperous and united Africa based on shared values and a common destiny.
The theme for this year’s event is, “Leadership and Development of Africa Youth in Perspective Developing SGDs & Agenda 2063.”
About 200 Liberian youths will be nominated by their respective organizations, and at most seven persons expected from each of the West African countries.
The first edition of the West African Youth Camp was hosted in 2013, in Abuja, Nigeria.