Safra youth conference wraps-up in Senegal
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
A five-day Safra sub-regional youth conference recently ended in the Senegalese provincial town of Tamba Kunda. Safra is a French acronym, meaning ‘week of friendship and fraternity’ and is organised annually.
It has been in existence for 30 years and since its inception has brought together people in the sub-region to participate in trade fairs, sports, cultural activities and symposium among others, for a greater community participation and involvement in the Ecowas integration process.
comprises the following Ecowas states that are represented by their various
regions that borders each other: The Gambia-Basse, Senegal-Tamba Kunda, Guinea
Bissau-Gabou, Guinea Conakry-Boke, Mali-Kaye, and Mauritania-Sylababeh. This
conference, which came barely a few months before another annual Safra to be
hosted in Guinea Conakry, was a declaration that was adapted during the 2011
Safra held in Tamba Kunda, Senegal.
Speaking at the conference, Alhagie AF Jallow, chairman of the Youth Association of Basse, underscored the critical role of young people in achieving sub-regional integration. According to him, the importance of the conference cannot be overemphasised, particularly when young people are involved in the crusade of advocating for peace, which he said is the bedrock of development. “In The Gambia, under the leadership of President Jammeh, the government has set up a platform for young people to excel in their dreams,” he stated, adding that the youths of the country are fully involved in the development of the nation.
that in order to be able to maintain and advocate for peace, African leaders
should ensure that the youth are guided towards entrepreneurship and employment
opportunities and are provided with the requisite livelihood skills for
self-reliance and economic enhancement. “Safra
should be given a tap on the back for the foresight. To the young people, the
ball is in your court. We have to endeavour to accomplish the dreams of our
Jallow went on to emphasise the need for African integration, particularly on the free movement of goods and services, noting that all hands must be on deck to achieve it. He called on the youths of Africa to renew their commitment of patriotism and loyalty to their country, noting that Africa can only be developed by Africans.
Author: Alieu Ceesay Just back from Tamba Kunda, Senegal