2nd SAYC conference to start on Monday


The six-day 2nd South Asian Youth Conference (SAYC), aiming at peace across the border, education for all and sustainable development will start on Monday.
Around 120 young delegates from eight SAARC countries are participating in the conference, which will be inaugurated by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira.
“The conference can prove to be a positive turning point for South Asia since it will empower the youth, who are prime asset of the region,” Naseem Khan Achakzai, SAYC Director, told a press conference on Saturday. He said that by utilising the youth potential properly, a new change and revolution could be brought in the region. He said that the SAYC came into being when a group of South Asian youth gathered for the 5th World Youth Congress in Turkey.
The first conference was held in Bangalore (India) last year, in which every SAARC country was represented. It became synonymous with its theme of peace, he added.
Achakzai said 120 delegates, including 35 from Pakistan, would take part in the conference, which would also help promote soft image of the country across the world.