Laurent Lamothe Supports the Empowerment of Africa and its Youth at the March 2018 Crans Montana Forum

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Laurent Lamothe was invited to speak at the fourth Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla, Morocco from 15 - 20 March 2018, under the theme “Africa and South-South Cooperation”.

Youth Empowerment is something that has always been very close to my heart.

Laurent Lamothe, former Haitian Prime Minister, founder of the Dr. Louis G. Lamothe Foundation and of LSL World Initiative, has on many occasions demonstrated his drive to empower the African continent and its people, both as a businessman and as a politician. Lamothe was thus invited to speak at the fourth Crans Montana Forum, which took place in Dakhla, Morocco from 15 to 20 March 2018, under the theme “Africa and South-South Cooperation”.

Established in 1986, the Crans Montana Forum is a Swiss non-governmental international organization that aims to build a more humane world and to encourage international cooperation and growth. It also works to promote best practices and to ensure a permanent dialogue between all the people occupying high-responsibility positions.

The Forum brings together Heads of State and Government, ministers, regional and international organizations, MPs and top businesses in order to support the integration of Africa into the world. The focus of this fourth edition was on strengthening solidarity, the economic, social and environmental development of the African continent and its relationships with other countries, particularly in the framework of the South-South Cooperation. The 2018 Forum also welcomed a certain number of new initiatives, including two international conferences on Urban Global Management and on Asia-Africa Partnerships respectively, as well as a high-level panel on the Ocean Economy & Fishing Industry.

On Saturday 17 March, Laurent Lamothe moderated the New Leaders Program for the integration and emancipation of youth, as he had been invited to do, together with former President of Mali Dioncounda Traoré and Reverend Jesse Jackson. This round table session aimed to discuss youth empowerment through integration in the decision-making processes and through the collapse of systems and policies that previously created a barrier to this empowerment.

As Laurent Lamothe pointed out, youth is key to future development. He then added: “It was a most enriching experience for me to facilitate this round table along with Reverend Jackson and former President Traoré, because Youth Empowerment is something that has always been very close to my heart.”

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