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Miss Jamaica World Gina Hargitay gives keynote speech at Pan African youth summit

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 11:45 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Miss Jamaica World, Gina Hargitay was the keynote speaker at the 4th Plenary Session of the Pan African Youth Leadership Summit underway in Dakar, Senegal from January 13 to 17.

The session addressed the topic “Partnership between the Youth of Africa and the African Diaspora – Solidarity for Development”

Beginning her presentation Hargitay delivered a well-received message from Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller which greeted the youth and spoke of the importance of education and development in alleviating youth unemployment.

And in her speech, which earned her a standing ovation, Hargitay addressed the importance of understanding the past “so that we can better understand the present and the future”.

She proposed a four-point solution to enhance solidarity among the youth of Africa and the Diaspora:

To develop a knowledge bank, where each group can be kept abreast of topical developments;

to form a working group of young people from Africa and the African Diaspora to critically review existing educational standards and offer proposals on how to improve those standards with practical options for the future;

to make use of the advantages of technology by developing a knowledge base and digital exchanges that help move products, ideas, manufacturing and trade effectively and efficiently between nation states; and to form an initiative for quality alternative manufacturing and production whether it is furniture for the world, high fashion for local and foreign markets or organic foods for export.

Hargitay also suggested that creating an alliance between the African Football Federation and the Caribbean and North American Football Federation (CONCACAF) could be a start to this promotion of the development of a relationship between the youth in Africa and the Diaspora.

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