As part of the 5th Eri-Youth Festival, the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students (NUEYS) is hosting an East Africa Youth Forum from 7-13 July 2012, in the capital city of Asmara, with the aim of strengthening the Pan African Youth Union (PYU) throughout the East Africa/Indian Ocean sub-region. The forum will be held under the theme “Active Youth Citizenship for Conflict Transformation and Regional Integration!”
The forum intends to strengthen the understanding of the youth when it comes to the current socio-political and economic situation in the region, and harness their contribution in playing an active role towards peace, security, and regional integration. The main objectives of the regional forum includes: exchange of experiences and views among participants; forge common understanding among youth leaders; reveal Eritrea’s stance on issues of war looming in the region, and its peaceful solutions; and enhance Eritrea’s regional relations.
Fifteen (15) research papers from both inside and outside of Eritrea are expected to be presented at the forum. The thematic topics of the papers are directly related with the main theme of the forum and attempt to address the nature and type of conflicts in the region, as well as the prospects of peace, security and regional integration in Eastern Africa. So far, around 40 delegates from East Africa and Indian Ocean countries have confirmed their participation. Delegates and youth representatives from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritius, Egypt, and more are expected to take part in this historical forum.
All necessary preparations, including forum materials, logistic and accommodation arrangements, and tour programs for forum participants have been arranged and are well underway, according to the preparatory committee of the forum.