International youth forum for peace - Representatives from member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), Nigeria and Mauritania have gathered in Tahoua, 600 kilometres away from Niamey, the Nigerien capital, to attend an international youth forum for peace, PANA reported from here.
Opening the Forum on Thursday, the Nigerien Prime Minister, Brigi Rafini, said: the forum was quite timely given the current insecurity context within the Sahel-Saharan space where criminal groups are very active at the moment.
“The criminal groups most often target young people whom they recruit for their activities,' he said.
“Our various countries have a long way to go in the efforts to eradicate insecurity that is undermining our development. Yesterday, it was Libya and Mali with the extensive casualties witnessed; Today it is the turn of the Central African Republic whose sole hope remains in a peaceful political transition in a bid to get the country out of its current stalemate,' Mr. Rafini added.
The meeting has brought together young people from the member-countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and other from Nigeria and Mauritania who will discuss issues revolving around peace.
UEMOA draws it membership from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.