Pretoria: Ministers responsible for youth affairs on the continent will meet in Addis Ababa from today until Friday to hold talks around issues critical to the development of youth in Africa.
The 4th Ordinary Session of the Conference of the African Union (AU) Ministers of Youth Affairs in Ethiopia is expected to be attended by African Union Ministers responsible for youth development, senior government officials and young people.
Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane, will represent South Africa at the conference.
The conference is being held under the theme ‘Africa delivers as one for youth development’.
The gathering will seek to endorse mechanisms through which the AU Commission and all stakeholders can effectively promote, support and report on the achievements and impacts on youth development in Africa.
It will also focus on increasing synergy, coordination, tracking of progress and promoting capacity in the domain of youth development and research for evidence based interventions. It is further expected to focus on achieving minimum common standards on youth development in Africa.
The conference will further seek to give effect to the 2011 Malabo Summit, held under the theme ‘Accelerating youth empowerment for sustainable development in Africa’.
This ministerial conference will in particular focus on the role of the Regional Executive Councils and Member States to firstly achieve the annual target of 2% reduction in youth unemployment rates and underemployment; secondly, to enforce accountability at all levels of youth rights and thirdly, increase investment and domestic resources on youth empowerment and development while reinforcing donor coordination and alignment with the African programmes.
The outcome of the conference will feed into the 20th Assembly of the African Union and will inform the strategic focus on youth for the next African Union Commission Strategic Plan 2012-2017.
Chabane will be accompanied by senior officials from the Presidency, National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and South African Youth Council (SAYC).