African youths praised for Arab revolt

Posted: July 22, 2011 in News
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Sanday Chongo Kabange in Berlin, Germany

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is to pay homage to African youths for the role they have played in ousting authoritarian regimes across the continent.

Youths from the Arabic-speaking African countries have in the recent mounted rigorous campaigns using social media tools to ouster authoritarian regimes in Tunisia and Egypt.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which works to promote governance and political reform in Africa, has announced it will host its annual gathering in the Tunisian capital Tunis, where it will pay homage to the youths for the role played in fostering good governance and political reforms.

Ibrahim, passionate about good governance in Africa. PHOTO: rnw.nl

The decision to host a series of events including a public concert, cultural celebration and the annual Ibrahim Discussion was arrived at during a meeting between Tunisian Prime Minister Beji Caid el Sebsi and Mo Ibrahim Foundation chief, Mo Ibrahim.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation annual gathering in Tunis will run from November 11-13, 2011 and will feature African superstars, Youssou N’Dour and Angelique Kidjo.

The cultural event will celebrate the critical role that Tunisia’s youth have recently played in that country.

The Discussion Forum will address ‘African Agriculture: from meeting needs to wealth creation.’ It will gather key stakeholders to examine the crucial issues underlying the potential of African agriculture, food security and rural development.

Mo Ibrahim said of the upcoming events, “In recognition of its leading role in sparking a movement for greater transparency and accountability by governments, we are looking forward to convening in Tunisia in November.  It will be an opportunity for our continent to pay homage to the young people of Tunisia and also to examine an issue that could either fuel unrest across the continent or drive forward its development.”

Members of African civil society, the private sector, governments, multilateral and regional institutions -as well as key partners from the international community – will gather over two days in Tunis for these events.

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