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Founding Seychelles President invited to attend Kenya National Youth Summit

Founding Seychelles President invited to attend Kenya National Youth Summit ( It was announced from Glacis-sur-Mer that Seychelles founding President Sir James R. Mancham has accepted an invitation of the Brand Kenya Board, which is in partnership with the Global Peace Foundation Africa and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to attend the National Youth Summit 2013 and to be a guest speaker at the opening ceremony.

The National Youth Summit 2013 will be opened on January 31 at the Kenyatta Conference Centre in Nairobi by HE the President of Kenya, Mr. Mwai Kibaki, and will be held under the theme of “Taifa Langu, Jukumu Langu" - which means “Our Country, Our Responsibility."

This summit will bring together 2,000 young leaders, both male and female, from all the 47 counties which constitute Kenya, and Sir James will speak on “The Role of Young Leaders in Achieving UN Millennium Development Goals and Peace-Building in Africa."

In a letter to Sir James dated January 21, 2013, signed by HE Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of IGAD, by Ms. Mary Kimonye, Chief Executive Officer of the Brand Kenya Board, and Dr. Manu Chandaria, Regional Chairman of the Global Peace Foundation Africa, told Sir James: “Your attendance at this summit will give a strong signal for the positive responsibility of youths, thus paving the way for the March 2013 peaceful election in Kenya, which is, of course, the concern of the African region at large. Its mission is to inspire pride, patriotism, and national leadership among the youths by providing a platform for them to discuss issues of peace, leadership, and entrepreneurship. The National Youth Summit 2013 is in line with your constant desire for promoting peace in the region."

Recalling the warm reception Sir James received and the important role he played alongside the son of Martin Luther King at the Young Leaders UN Convention which was held in Nairobi in 2009, Mr. David Caprara, Vice President Strategic Partnership of the Global Peace Foundation in Washington, DC, urged Sir James to participate in the Youth Summit, “You are most popular with the young leaders and nation of Kenya, and they have asked me to urge you to grace the occasion."

Sir James, who returned to Seychelles a few days ago from New Zealand and Australia, was very active in Africa-oriented missions in 2012. As a member of the Committee of Elders and Wise of COMESA, he represented the African Union at the Egyptian Presidential Election and later led a mission of the Elders of COMESA to Kinshasa, Congo and Kigali, Rwanda to mediate and promote dialogue between the two neighboring states who were threatening to resolve their contentions by force.

It is to be remembered that in December 2012, while attending the Second World Ecological Assembly in Bali, Indonesia, that founding President Mancham was elected to the presidium of the International Eco-Safety Cooperative Organization (IESCO) - a global organization devoted to fighting climate change and maintaining ecological safety, with offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, and New York and accredited to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Sir James last year was also elected Vice President and a member of the Governing Council of the Centrist Asia Pacific Democrats International (CAPDI) and will attend CAPDI's Second General Assembly which is scheduled for May 20 and 21, 2013 in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

PHOTO: Seychelles Founding President Sir James Mancham


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