IGAD Member States Youth Leaders Visit Ethiopia’s IFA

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member state youth leaders have visited the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) in Addis Ababa. The youth leaders from East African countries were led by Ethiopian Youth Council President Fuad Gena has had an intensive scholarly discussion with IFA Executive Director Jafar Bederu. On the occasion, he highlighted the IFA's important mandates in terms of conducting policy research and providing diplomacy training. In line with this, he acknowledged the youths' initiative in shaping Africa's future in the region and further underscored that the youths in Africa are expected to pave the way for a new era of economic prosperity and shared development by exploring the keys to Africa's future The guests were briefed about key activities of the Institute where they raised some questions on how they would network and participate as well as collaborate with the institute in various regional discussion forums and training. Institute of Foreign Affairs (ISA) is the Pr emier Foreign Policy Think Tank of the Ethiopian Government focusing on research and analysis on foreign affairs issues, forwards alternative policy directions to policymakers, trains and capacitates foreign relation personnel, and acts as a center of excellence for the country's diplomacy Source: Ethiopian News Agency