Jun 23, 2015, 10:25 AM
The launching, attended by government officials and journalists, of Africa Peace Festival Foundation was organised by Prince Ebrahim Future Africa Foundation (PEFAF).
According to officials of the foundation, Africa Peace Festival is slated for November 2016 tentatively in The Gambia.
The Africa Peace Festival is an initiative of PEFAF that aims at promoting and advocating for peace in Africa by bringing together young influencers in the area of entertainment, art, culture, governance and business, as well as global leaders around the framework of establishing sustainable peace in Africa with youth participation at the forefront.
Thus, raise funds to support young African entrepreneurs and developmental projects in The Gambia and across Africa through their existing partnership networks with governments, civil society and non-governmental organisations.
The aim of the forum is to foster the participation of youths in promoting peace and dialogue between various stakeholders.
Speaking at the press conference, Fadila Ahmad, Manager of Royal Africa Peace Festival Foundation, said the Africa Peace Festival is an initiative of Future Africa Foundation, which aims at promoting and advocating for peace and solidarity by bringing together young influencers from across Africa in various areas from music to art and culture, governance, diplomacy, entertainment, and literature generally across all Africa for the advocacy of peace.
Ms Fadila added that the champions of peace in the continent should be promoted and, by so doing, they need collective support for developmental projects that would be identified across Africa.
“Generally, the peace festival is as a result of youth initiative of this foundation, and we believed that Africa constituted over 60 to 70 per cent of youths as central to development,” she said.
Without peace there would be no development and without development there would be no progress, she added.
“So in order for progress to continue in our continent, we need to pay wave to a new generation of peace.”