Ambassador Tulinabo Mushingi Remarks – Closing Ceremony, Young Transparency Ambassadors Grant – May 17, 2018

Ambassador Tulinabo Mushingi Remarks 

Closing Ceremony- Young Transparency Ambassadors Grant

May 17, 2018

(As prepared)

Monsieur le Ministre de la Jeunesse, de la construction citoyenne et de la promotion du volontariat
Monsieur le Préfet de Guédiawaye,
Monsieur le Maire,
Monsieur le Chef de quartier,
Monsieur le Président du Conseil des Jeunes de Guédiawaye,
Monsieur le Coordinateur de l’ONG 3 D,
Monsieur le Président de Banlieue Up,
Young Transparency Ambassadors
Invited Guests,

It is my pleasure to be here today to help close the Youth Transparency Ambassadors project.  The U.S. Embassy was proud to sponsor this important project through a grant to Banlieue Up.

I would like to congratulate the entire team of Banlieue Up for their hard work on this project to mobilize young people and promote civic leadership.  I would also like to highlight the organization’s long-standing dedication to social engagement project in the banlieues.

The founder and several members of Banlieue Up are former participants, or alumni, of U.S. government exchange programs; the Young African Leaders Initiative or YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship and the YALI Regional Leadership Center.  The alumni have shared what they learned during their programs with the participants of this project.  To Banlieue Up, I thank you for your dedication to your communities.

I would also like to thank the local government of Guédiawaye for coordinating alongside with Banlieue Up to make this project successful.

Thanks to this project, young people in Pikine and Guédiawaye received training on transparency and good governance.  These young people have become Young Transparency Ambassadors and have in turn shared what they have learned to their fellow citizens in their communities and neighborhoods.

To the Young Transparency Ambassadors, thank you for your commitment to this project.  You are among the next generation of Senegal’s leaders.  I hope that you will continue to apply what you have learned during your training to help improve your communities.

At the U.S. Embassy, engaging and partnering with Senegal’s young people—you—is one of our most important priorities.

You are the future of Senegal.  The U.S. Embassy will continue to work with Senegal’s young people on helping to improve communities and to promote democratic values, goals that both the United States and Senegal share.

Congratulations on this important initiative.

Thank you.