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June 15 2006

John Hope Bryant Participates in the World Economic Forum as Young Global Leader

John Hope Bryant attends conference in South Africa after visiting Rwanda

(Cape Town, South Africa) – Thursday, June 15, 2006. After meeting with President Kagame and community leaders in Rwanda, Operation HOPE founder, John Hope Bryant flew to South Africa to join over 650 leaders from 39 countries to participate as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum’s conference in Cape Town from May 31 to June 2. Bryant took part in a committee defining the issues that prevent the growth of Africa; assessing new opportunities and addressing the challenges for boosting the physical and social infrastructure necessary to the resurgence of Africa all as a part of the WEF’s 2005 commitment to “Year of Africa.”

Bryant reported on Operation HOPE’s Global Initiative to bring the “Silver Rights” message to promote self-reliance and empowerment through Global Dignity within the year. The Forum of Young Global Leaders is an independent, Geneva, Switzerland-based foundation whose mission is to build a unique, multistakeholder community of the world’s most extraordinary leaders under the age of 40 and give them the opportunity to work together on projects that will shape the future of the world. Each year, we identify and mobilize a new group of 200 exceptional men and women in business, politics, academia, the media and civil society from every region in the world. Working in conjunction with the World Economic Forum – an independent impartial, not-for-profit international organization, they form a powerful force for the global common good.

The meeting included a review of the progress being made in Africa and what is being slated for development of the continent. A number of other proposals were made, the members of The Forum of Young Global Leaders committed to

Sponsor a film series on African Success Stories
Launch a financial literacy program in Rwanda
Establish leadership development institutes throughout Africa

Attending leaders stemmed from business, government and academia discussing the continent’s unprecedented growth rate of 5.3 percent in spite of unemployment, disease and poverty. Focusing on the impact of trade with China and India; building credibility and positive perceptions of the continent and infrastructure development of transport, energy, water, and social education both health and civic.

About The Forum of Young Global Leaders
The YGL consists of outstanding leaders from 68 countries around the world, aged 40 years or younger, who are committed to improving the state of the world. For more information and a detailed list of all Young Global Leaders, please visit www.younggloballeaders.org . or visit www.weforum.org for more about World Economic Forum.