New York Forum Africa

"German-African relations need stronger focus on young people!"

Günter Nooke to visit Libreville (Gabon) from 22 to 24 May 2014

21.05.2014 |

Libreville – At the African Citizens' Summit, Günter Nooke, the German Chancellor's Personal Representative for Africa and the BMZ's Commissioner for Africa, stressed how im­por­tant youth exchange programmes are for relations between Africa and Europe.

It was the first summit of its kind to be hosted by the New York Forum Africa. "Young people in particular have a right to shape their own future – beyond the borders between coun­tries and between continents," said Nooke. "The German gov­ern­ment will foster encounters between young people from Germany and Africa even more in the future, for instance by facilitating school and university partnerships and through the de­vel­op­ment volunteers service. We want young people to become global citizens in their way of thinking and acting."

The focus of this year's New York Forum Africa is on making African economies more competitive. The conference will look at the issue of vocational training and at the question of how to ensure African coun­tries themselves benefit from the continent's wealth of natural resources. Günter Nooke will present the fundamentals of Germany's policy on Africa at the forum.

He will also meet with Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, with gov­ern­ment representatives, and with other high-level representatives from politics and business.

Inspired by the Davos World Economic Forum, the New York Forum Africa in Libreville has been an in­ter­national platform for politics and business since 2012. The meeting is dedicated to debate about African issues, to discussing ways forward in politics, de­vel­op­ment and the economy, and to de­vel­op­ing joint strategies.

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