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10,000 young East Africans to gather for the 2020 Youth Leadership Summit

H.E Jakaya Kikwete expected to grace the Summit

Arusha. Tanzania, November 12, 2020: Ten thousand young people from across the six East African Community Partner States will next week gather at the EAC headquarters in Arusha and six capitals in the region to discuss issues pertinent to the regional development agenda.

The 23rd to 27th November, 2020 event dubbed the YouLead Summit, is East Africa’s flagship Youth Leadership Development Program seeking to unlock youth leadership potential for a prosperous region. It is hosted by the East African Community (EAC) and MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS TCDC) in Arusha, Tanzania.

The YouLead Summit 2020, themed Development is People: Youth at the centre of Peace and Development Agenda is a strapline of a speech by the founding father of Tanzania and a proponent of East African integration, the Late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, who said, ’maendeleo ni watu … si vitu…’ which translates to development is people…not things.

YouLead Summit 2020 will bring together young leaders from various sectors, government officials, development practitioners and policy makers from across the East African region to engage in dialogue addressing issues pertinent to youth in the region.

The aim is also to shine a light on the experience of the East African youth who not only have to contend with the present challenges within their respective countries and beyond, but are also faced with the uncertainty presented in having to forge a way to create an ideal future for themselves and for generations to come.

Former President of Tanzania, H.E Jakaya Kikwete is expected to grace the 2020 edition of the Summit which will for the first time go virtual in addition to the physical gathering at Arusha.

At the regional level, sessions will be held at the EAC headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania as the central command center, with delegates, speakers and mentors, forming a limited physical audience under prevailing Covid-19 complaint standard operating procedures. The command center model will be replicated in the six EAC capitals in each country’s context. The various national level summit centers will be connected via a virtual platform.

In addition, key sessions will be telecast live on various radio, TV, and social media platforms of leading media partners in the region.

The vibrant platform will provide a platform for the old and young, experienced and novice, to meet, interact and discuss development issues without prejudice.

Thematic areas to be discussed during the Summit will address on re-inventing leadership for East African millennials; youth at the center of peacebuilding and conflict prevention; accelerating economic opportunities and decent work for youth; and young women mobilizing towards Goal 5 of Agenda 2030 (gender equity and women’s empowerment) and Aspiration 6 of Agenda 2063.

YouLead Summit 2020 will also feature an inter-generational dialogue on leadership, policies and results, as well the East African Youth Enterprise Award Ceremony, focused on recognising outstanding cross-border business ideas by young entrepreneurs.

To learn more about YouLead Summit and Registration process visit: www.youleadsummit.org

For more information contact:

Simon Peter Owaka
Senior Public Relations Officer
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 768 552087
Email: sowaka [at] eachq.org


Barbara Among
Head Communication
MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation
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+255 686 326050/ +256 752 503097

About YouLead Summit

YouLead is East Africa’s flagship Youth Leadership Development Program seeking to unlock youth leadership potential for a prosperous region. YouLead is a collective action youth program hosted by MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MSTCDC) and the East African Community (EAC) Youth Ambassadors Platform (EACYAP) in Arusha, co-owned and supported by the YouLead Consortium of State and Non-State Partners across all the 6 East African Community (EAC) Member States in the spirit of United Nations Agenda 2030 – “Leaving no one Behind” and the African Union Agenda 2063 – “the Africa we want”. YouLead amplifies youth voices in key regional governance and development processes and strengthens their mandate to participate in leadership at country level. Two focus areas define YouLead’s programs: Youth in Politics - how youth leadership can be entrenched and Youth in Business and Enterprise - how youth can meaningfully engage in entrepreneurship/business.


MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS TCDC), a state-of-the-art development management training institution, located in Usa River, Arusha in northern Tanzania. Established in 1967, MS TCDC has gained a reputation for high quality training of civil society organizations and their partners, donors, and government agencies. In addition to Swahili language courses, MS TCDC offers a range of short-term training courses for international development practitioners as well as accredited certificate programs, diplomas, bachelor’s, and master’s programs. Visit www.mstcdc.or.tz for more information on our year-round language, culture, and training programs.

About EAC

The East African Community is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Uganda with its Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The EAC mission is to widen and deepen economic, political, social and cultural integration to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.

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