(Xinhua) -- The African Union’s new Chairperson Paul
Kagame on Sunday for the continental organization to empower
youth to have a better life.
Kagame, who is also Rwanda’s
president, made the appeal at the opening session of the 30th
AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government.
“Too many Africans come of age in the
same conditions as their parents and grandparents, and
sometimes the hardships ensured are even worse,” he said.
“Our job is to make sure that every
generation in Africa, enjoys a better life than the previous
one, but young Africans as professional men and women, have
a full role to play, we can’t build Africa without you,”
further said Kagame.
But the Rwandan president cautioned
African youth to not feel entitled to a better life than their
parents, rather work to achieve it.
“Elders should be able to enjoy the
pleasure, of telling you how hard they had it at your age,
so you don’t take things for granted, and are inspired to
work even harder,” he advised.
Kagame took over the AU Chairperson
position for a one year period from Guinean President Alpha
Conde during the AU summit on Sunday.
With about 70 percent of Africa’s
estimated 1 billion plus population categorized as youth, the AU
is tapping the potential of young people to meet its ambitious
Agenda 2063 vision.