Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General (DG) of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), took part in the inaugural ceremony of the Executive Bureau of the Pan-African Youth Union. The ceremony was held as part of the inauguration of the new Union headquarters in Rabat, Morocco, which saw the participation of Mr. Mahdi Bensaid, Moroccan Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication, the president of the Youth African Union, members of the Union’s Executive Bureau and several youth ministers of African countries.
The Pan-African Youth Union is an entity dedicated to young people and youth national councils at the African Union and aims to promote the principles and values of peace, democracy and sustainable development to achieve African complementarity.
In his address at the ceremony, held on Monday 21 February 2022, at the archeological site Challah in Rabat, Mr. Bensaid stressed that Africa is a space for solidarity among nations, intercultural dialogue, openness and substantial potential, reaffirming that youth is Africa’s promising asset for a better future.
Morocco and the Union signed in November 2021 an agreement to transfer its headquarters to Rabat, in harmony with the Kingdom’s keen interest in youth and investment in African human capital.