On February 26, the annual organizational conference of the International Project Congress was held via Zoom.

Representatives of parliaments of different countries - participants of the IPC took part in the opening ceremony. Deputy of the National Assembly of Venezuela, participant of the IPC Vanesa Montero Lopez called on colleagues around the world to develop peaceful dialogue. And the Egyptian Senator, participant of the IPC Mahmoud Elkot proposed general steps in the field of culture and volunteering.

As part of the conference, the functions of honorary chairmanship were transferred from South Africa to China. The Chairman of the South African BRICS Youth Association (SABYA), Raymond Matlala, transferred his powers as Chairman of the IPC to his colleague from China: for the entire coming year, the IPC will be headed by Lei Zhong, Chairman of the Chinese Students' Union and member of the All-China Youth Federation. Vice-chairmen are:

-Samia Khamis, political analyst, member of the International Youth Ambassadors Foundation

-Musa Adewale Olatunji, CEO BeMORE Global Consulting, Technical Lead at The Youth Consortium

IPC Secretary Ilya Lisnyak (Russia) presented the conference participants with an annual report on the results of the work of the IPC Secretariat. The geography of the platform has grown from 34 to 41 countries around the world, the number of participants has increased from 89 to 120, and the project portfolio has expanded from 35 to 39 projects acquiring international status thanks to the IPC. As a result of the discussion, the powers of the IPC Secretary were extended for another year, and the function of the platform operator was retained by the Perm Youth Center.

Also during the conference, a traditional session was held dedicated to the activities and projects of participants from different countries:

-Tshegofatso KGOSINTWA, Founder of BIG Sister Society. She presented projects aimed at helping victims of gender-based violence, and also announced the creation of a thematic application for smartphones.

-Chima Raymond UKWA, Executive Director of DevCA Initiative. He spoke about his activities in the field of international youth cooperation, and also shared his plans to work as a strategic adviser to the State Ministry of Youth.

-Mouhamadou DOSSO, President of the African Youth Union for Democracy. He presented the creativity initiatives he had developed and also reported on the results of the Model UN in Ivory Coast.

-Afruza TANZI, Chief Operating Officer of Protibha from It’s Humanity Foundation. She gave a presentation on her project activities in the healthcare sector.

-Dada Taiwo ADEBAJO, Founder of Tech4All and Member of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). He dedicated his speech to a number of projects. They are aimed at promoting technology in small settlements, computerizing villages, and increasing digital literacy among farmers to promote their products through modern communication channels.

For 2024, it is planned to further expand the geography of the IPC (to at least 50 participating countries), increase the composition to at least 150 young leaders, and grow the project portfolio to 60+ successfully implemented initiatives. The IPC action plan for this year will be published shortly.