Egypt’s Ministry of Youth and Sports is hosting for five days the AU delegation responsible for assessment as part of preparations carried out for the launch of the African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AUYVC) in December 2019.
According to a statement released by the ministry on Sunday, "the objective of the visit [by the delegation] is to inspect the youth facilities of the ministry and to get acquainted with their potential and readiness, as well as with the feasibility of hosting the event."
The programme is the largest volunteer activity for African youth training.
The statement added that "Kokou Djagadou, a member of the AU delegation responsible for assessment, described the fact that Egypt will host the event for the second time in less than three years as ambitious and commendable, reflecting Egypt's commitment to support youth issues," the statement added.
The statement explained that the tour of inspection included a visit to Al-Jazeera Youth Centre, where the AU delegation was received by Ahmed Afifi, undersecretary of youth cities at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ahmed Zakaria, director of the Al-Jazeera Youth Centre, and Sherif Mansour, the centre’s deputy director.
The delegation concluded the inspection visit at the Olympic Centre as one of the facilities in line to host the event, according to the statement.
The AU delegation expressed "admiration for Egyptian youth facilities and the services provided by the Egyptian state in support of youth, praising the role of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in promoting volunteer work for youth in Africa, building the leadership capacities of African youth, and giving them the opportunity to receive training through volunteer programmes."