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Obama to host young African leaders at three-day forum

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • President Obama will host a forum of young African leaders
  • The three-day forum in August will include a town hall meeting with Obama
  • Participants will represent more than sub-Saharan African countries

Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama will host a three-day forum next month for more than 100 "young leaders" from Africa, the White House announced Wednesday.

The August 3-5 gathering will include a town hall meeting at the White House by Obama and participants from more than 40 sub-Saharan African countries, according to the statement.

"Together with American counterparts and U.S. government officials, the participants will share their insights on key themes of youth empowerment, good governance, and economic opportunity," the statement said.

Titled "The President's Forum with Young African Leaders", the meeting "presents the U.S. government and American friends of Africa with an opportunity to deepen and broaden our understanding of the trajectories of African societies, and to reflect on how the next generation are building their communities' and their nations' futures -- just as their predecessors did in the era of independence from colonial rule," the White House statement said.