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We Yone Editor and Tonkolili Youth Leader Jets Into China

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Editor of We Yone Cornelius Deveaux and the APC Tonkolili District Youth Leader Alusine Abdulai ‘Kamathor’ Sesay yesterday arrived in Guangzhou, the Peoples Republic of China, to join several hundreds of young leaders from across the world to attend the second China-Africa Young Leaders Forum scheduled to take place in Beijing from 17th – 21st June 2012.
Speaking to We Yone from his Guangdong Victory Hotel last evening, both Cornelius Deveaux and Alusine Abdulai ‘Kamathor’ Sesay describe China as a country with an amazing historical culture and with buoyant economy that is opening to the world.
They said the second China-Africa Young Leaders Forum provides an opportunity for young leaders from across the world to meet, interact and chat a way forward for the mutual benefit and sustainability of the new found China-Africa relationship.
While in China, the two dynamic young leaders who are representing Sierra Leone at this all important forum will visit several provinces in China to see firsthand how young leaders in China are positively contributing to the socio-economic development of China and the political renaissance that has made China an envy of the world.
They will also deliver papers on how should China and African young leaders better inherit and carry forward the traditional Africa-China friendship; how should Chinese and African young leaders work together to realize common development; and how should Chinese and African young leaders better enhance mutual understanding through cultural exchanges.
Further dilating on the China-Africa Young Leaders Forum, Cornelius Deveaux said the forum was initiated by the SWAPO party of Namibia. He said both SWAPO and the Communist Party of China (CPC) jointly organized the first forum which took place in Namibia in 2011 under the theme of friendship, cooperation and development and turned out a great success.
According to the Editor of We Yone, at that forum it was proposed unanimously by delegates from both China and Africa that in order to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between Chinese and African young leaders it is necessary that the Forum be institutionalized i.e to be held on a rotating basis and be incorporated into the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). “This consensus was affirmed by the Windhoek Declaration adopted by the Forum,” Cornelius Deveaux said.
He furthered that based on the above understanding, the CPC and the SWAPO party. After mutual consultation, are co-organizing the Second Africa-China Young Leaders Forum in Beijing.
The APC Tonkolili District Youth Leader Alusine Abdulai ‘Kamathor’ Sesay told We Yone the theme of this second forum is China-Africa Cooperation and Young Leaders Development.
He disclosed that they will be working in convincing participants to agree to hold the third forum in Sierra Leone and expressed concern that the China-Sierra Leone Friendship has lagged behind in many aspects when compared to other countries.

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