The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat appointed Ms. Aya Chebbi from Tunisia as the AU’s Youth Envoy on 1st November 2018. This appointment was follows relevant decisions of the AU’S policy organs and part of the Africa’s efforts to harness the demographic dividend, empower young people across Africa, and further mobilize them in realizing their aspirations outlined in Agenda 2063. Ms. Chebii brings vast experience in advocacy and youth mobilization, with a view to effecting positive change.

Part of Ms. Chebii’s mandate and in support of the Commission’s efforts entails being the spokesperson of the African youth to the relevant African Union decision-making bodies. She will advocate and raise awareness on the implementation of the Demographic Dividend Roadmap which was adopted by the 2017 African Union Heads of State and Government Summit and the 2006 African Youth Charter. She will also be in collaboration with nine other members of the Youth Advisory Council designated by the Chairperson of the Commission, taking into account gender and regional representation requirements. Together with the Advisory Council she will engage with and be supported by relevant Departments of the Commission and other African Union entities, as well as youth organizations across the continent.

Mr. Faki Mahamat reaffirmed the commitment of the Commission towards the effective implementation of all AU instruments relating to the youth. In January 2019, the Commission intends to organize a forum that will mark the formal launching of the activities of the Youth Envoy and the Advisory Council.

By Felix Kiptoo