After receiving exceptionally strong nominations from across the Africa Liberal Network’s member parties, the network’s first Advisory Youth Council (AYC) has been elected. This council, mandated to provide a voice for Africa’s liberal youth, will meet at its first Pan-African Young Leaders’ Retreat in March this year.
At the retreat, the newly-elected AYC Executive Committee is set to chart a vision for the council, identify its core aims, and engage in training and development sessions to craft and promote the AYC’s brand. The AYC will also engage in with the broader ALN General Assembly at a fringe session, which will be led and managed by the AYC itself.
The elected Secretary-General of the AYC, Richard Nii Amarh (Progressive People’s Party, Ghana) believes that the AYC must work hard to encourage and advocate open, tolerant, and democratic societies across the continent.
“I am personally challenged to do more to free my friends, colleagues, family, and all Africans from the effect of illiberal ideas, which have resulted in low participation in the democratic and development process. Whenever we fail to involve all persons in our democratic march forward, we help create a society where some are apathetic towards development. I wish to dedicate my time, knowledge, and experience in advocacy to help the AYC develop a well-structured framework that will ensure we reach all young Africans with the good news of our organisation.”
The ALN congratulates the Advisory Youth Council on successful elections and looks forward to a healthy, productive relationship as the two work together towards the advancement of liberal democracy across Africa. The election of the first-ever AYC comes at a time where the potential and need for liberalism is strongest, especially to secure a brighter, prosperous future for Africa’s future decision-makers: its youth.