9th YPFDJ Conference 2013 in UK 28th – 1st April 2013
three-day, 9th YPFDJ Conference in Europe convened in Birmingham, United Kingdom 28th March – 1st April 2013. Attending the Y-PFDJConference in Europe are over 750 Eritrean youth representatives fromAustralia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Sudan,Israel, Belgium, Uganda, Kenya, Middle-East, Canada and the United States. Mr.Yemane Gebreab, Head of Political Affairs at the People’s Front for Justice andDemocracy (PFDJ) will lead the three-day Conference.
The goal of the on-going educational Conferences, both inside Eritrea and in the Diaspora are designed to harnessand build a “Patriotic, Conscious, Youth Movement”, which will build onEritrea’s past achievements, experiences and safeguard inherited valuescritical for Eritrea’s desire for a sustainable economic, political and socialdevelopment. The conference was attended by Eritrean high officials, Diplomatsand Community leaders are also present at the Conference. H.E. Tesfamicael Gerahtu, Eritrea’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland, Embassyofficials, PFDJ representatives and invited guests are participating in the youth conference.
Mr. Samson Woldu, chair of the Conference Organizing Committee presented the opening remarks by welcoming the participants andwishing the conference a success. Mr. Samson said that Eritreanyouth, cognizant of their responsibilities to safeguard and defend the proudculture and values inherited from the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front(EPLF), are participating in this Conference to continue to lay the foundationsfor achieving Eritrea’s development strategies.
H.E. Ambassador Tesfamicael Gerahtu in his welcomingspeech also praised the participants and congratulated them for organizing ahighly effective and succesful the 9th Y-PFDJConference. He said the to the conference that he was pleased and proud thatthe United Kingdom is hosting the YPFDJ conference this year’s Conference. UK based YouthCultural Group presented a musical drama depicting the Eritrean history of strugglefor independence and its milestones. In addition to its entertainment content,the presentation by the youth added to the educational theme of the Conference.
The YPFDJ chapters from across the world havepresented their annual report updatesand status of their national YPFDJ chapters; the challenges and opportunitiesthey are facing in their respective localities. The main topics of this year’sconference is the Economic and Professional Contribution to Eritrea and alsothe continuing organisational development of Eritrean communities. Thepresentation and discussions will continue until Sunday 31st of March 2013.
Sunday closing ceremonies will be attended by longtime members of the EPLF who will share their experiences and offerguidance to the new generation.