GCC conf. envisages bigger role for youth in development

Undersecretary of the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs Sheikha Zain Al-Sabah
Undersecretary of the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs Sheikha Zain Al-Sabah

KUWAIT, March 26 (KUNA) – The GCC Youth Conference concluded Saturday with a series of recommendations to boost youth contribution to policy decision-making and state development in Arab Gulf countries.
Speaking to reporters following the closing session, Undersecretary of the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs Sheikha Zain Al-Sabah announced the conference has called for the foundation of GCC Youth Forum, to be affiliated to the GCC General Secretariat.
She stated that the forum is meant to allow youth to partake in drawing and enforcing development policies.
She hoped the forum would be an effective partner to state institutions in materializing sustainable development goals.
She added that the conference’s outcome and recommendations would be referred to the GCC youth ministers meeting, scheduled April 6 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for discussion and approval.
Sheikha Al-Zain thanked His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for his sponsorship of the conference.
For his part, Director of the Department of National Program for Preparing and Qualifying Young Leaders at the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs Dr. Mashael Al-Janoubi said that the conferees have recommended working out a new philosophy for giving youth more spaces and opportunities to contribute to the development of education and culture.
The conferees recommended a series of measures to expand partnership between the state institutions and youth entities, he said.
Al-Jaboubi noted that the conference called for launching an interactive portal for Gulf youth to facilitate interaction and exchange of expertise in entrepreneurship and development projects.
He added that the conferees underlined the need for new mechanisms to strengthen national identity and harnessing the skills of youth cadres through a sophisticated training courses and programs.
They urged governments to embrace and offer all financial and technical support to youth initiatives to ensure their success. They called for enhancing dialogue with youth to help enhance their sense of belongingness to their countries.
The conferees also emphasized the importance of taking to all necessary measures to empower youth and enable them to participate in the state building and society development.
Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah opened the first GCC Youth Conference on Wednesday evening.
The four-day event is co-organized by the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs and the GCC Secretariat under the theme of “Youth Spaces – Opportunities and Potential.” In his inaugural speech, Sheikh Salman urged intensifying the effort to bring the youth of the GCC member countries close to each other and enable them to share experience for attaining the objectives of sustainable human development programs. (end) fsa.ibi