Young professionals gear up for international conference

Young professionals from across the Americas, Africa and the Middle East recently met at regional roundtables in preparation for the 4th International Conference on Federalism to be held in New Delhi this November.

At roundtables held in Ottawa (Americas regional roundtable) and Addis Ababa (Africa and Middle East regional roundtable), participants in the Forum’s Young Professionals program presented first drafts of presentations that they will make at the Delhi conference, which is being co-organized by the Forum of Federations and India’s Inter-state Council Secretariat. These roundtables will be followed by regional roundtables in Delhi (Asia-Pacific regional roundtable) and Salzburg (European regional roundtable) in September and October, prior to the main conference in November.

The Addis Ababa roundtable took place on August 10, 2007 and the Ottawa roundtable took place on August 16 and 17, 2007.

The Young Professionals Program is run by the Forum of Federations, and aims to engage young people in a dialogue on federalism. As a component of the Forum’s international conferences, young professionals from the host country (in this case, India) and other federations around the world, meet to discuss the challenges of federal governance in their own countries, as well as to participate in the main conference program.

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