The MIM student Esmat Elsayed (Class 2016/18) has recently participated in the 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit, which was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 9-11 October2017. She was one of the 120 people selected among 7000 applicants to participate in a two-days workshop to analyze youth challenges. From a set of six main clusters (education and skills; business and entrepreneurship; governance, political and democratic inclusion and activism; peace and security, including countering violent extremism and radicalisation; environmental preservation and climate change; culture and arts), they worked on analytical bases to come out with the Abidjan Declaration.
During the next months, a team of 30 young leaders, which Esmat is part of, will work with the African Union and EU in Brussels on developing strategies for those main recommendations in the declaration. According the student,
“…since it has been 10 years since the adoption of the Africa EU joint strategy, these strategies and concrete recommendations are going to be presented on a High-Level Heads of States Summit that will be conducted at the end of November this year. In next November, I will also have the opportunity to take part of some High-level meetings with EU commissioners and visiting the European Investment Bank Headquarters in Luxembourg to discuss funding opportunities for the potential recommended EU AU institutional cooperations.
Personally, I have a great learning opportunity being part of such a huge platform of youth advocacy an inclusion for the first time in the EU AU cooperation history. I am very proud to be the only Egyptian and Middle-East representative in such an advocacy initiative that brings young people to the table of decision making and policy making. I also want to express my gratitude to the Master here which brought my attention to many regional issues and root causes as well as many common political and social challenges shared by North and South the Mediterranean.“