Over 300 Discuss Building U.S.-Cameroon Synergy and Youth Potential at the National Alumni Symposium in Yaoundé
Yaoundé, Cameroon— Today, the U.S. Embassy in partnership with the Mandela Washington Fellows Cameroon Alumni Association launched a three-day National Alumni Symposium (April 21 to 23, 2022) at the Yaoundé Congress Hall. The theme of the symposium is “Building synergies between U.S. government exchange programs alumni and leveraging youth potential through U.S – Cameroon cultural exchanges.”
The U.S. Embassy-sponsored event brought together over 300 attendees from all over the country to include U.S. government-funded exchange program alumni, Cameroonian government officials, civil society organizations, and youth leaders. Ambassador Christopher J. Lamora said: “This symposium highlights the significant contributions U.S. government exchange alumni have made throughout Cameroon. We are dedicated to partnering with Cameroonians to build a more secure, prosperous, and just future for both of our countries.” Minister of Youth and Civic Education Mounouna Foutsou delivered remarks at the opening ceremony on April 21, 2022, and the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Marie-Thérèse Abena Ondoa, was also in attendance.
The three-day symposium includes plenary sessions and breakout discussions on vital areas to the U.S.- Cameroon partnership, such as leadership development, women and youth empowerment, entrepreneurship and innovation, and governance and accountability.
To date, over 3,000 Cameroonians and Americans, from academia, civil society, business, arts, and the government, have participated in U.S. government exchange programs. For more information on U.S. educational and exchange opportunities, including the Mandela Washington Fellowship and the Fulbright Program, please visit: https://cm.usembassy.gov/education/.