Warmest greetings on behalf of the Diplomatic corps in Canada to all the guests attending this flag raising ceremony, but more specifically to the people of African descent on this the 54th anniversary of Africa Day and the 5th Anniversary of the 6th Region Declaration. We are also reminded that this year is the 3rd year of the decade of people of African descent as declared by United Nations.
I wish to acknowledge the positive work the African Union 6th Region (AU6RC), is doing in promoting the unity of the African diaspora. It has been propounded that the African diaspora is a vital cog in the economic development of our motherland. It is in this context that I commend the 6th Region in ploughing back home.
This year as declared by the African Union is focused on your youth; “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in Youth”. This reminds us that our youths are the leaders of today and tomorrow. As the continent is filled with so many mineral resources we invite and encourage everyone to come together and build “the Africa we want”. The greatness of Africa is the betterment of the whole world.
Wishing you a happy Africa Day celebration.
Florence Zano Chideya