Kenya allocates $292m towards youth economic empowerment

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The Kenyan government has set aside 30 billion shillings($292million) for vocational training and skills development aimed at empowering Kenyan youth with relevant skills to enable them engage in entrepreneurial activities.Speaking in Nairobi on Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that for the country to achieve its development objectives there is need for a critical pool of human resources with appropriate technical skills.

“It is in this context that my government is laying heavy emphasis on vocational training. We have set aside Shs 30 billion for this purpose in the next three years under the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs), NYS, and Polytechnics,” said President Kenyatta.

Kenyatta said he is committed to run a government that creates a business environment where all Kenyans have equal opportunity to participate in nation building without any hindrance.

He said the government has fashioned a number of programmes intended to empower the youth, women and persons with disabilities to enable them engage in business and other gainful activities.

“These programmes include reservation of thirty per cent of all government procurement opportunities for women, youth and persons with disabilities, devolution of some services and functions to counties, and increased resource allocation to the devolved units,” said Kenyatta.

He said through these initiatives, the number of persons engaged in productive economic activities rose by 5.6 percent from 16 million in 2016 to 16.9 million in 2017.

He pointed out that the new jobs, a majority emanating from the self-employment, are attributable to start-ups by women and the youth who are able to accessing low cost credit from Government programmes such as the Uwezo fund and other initiatives.

Kenyatta said the government is collaborating with the private sector under the ‘Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Project’ to provide internships to support youth to acquire the prerequisite experience that employers and businesses require.

Source – Journal du Cameroun

African cities offer few opportunities for youth development

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The majority of African cities are not sufficiently prepared to allow the development of their youths who only want to be in the minimum conditions to develop their potential, Dhoha Bouzid, deputy Mayor of Sfax in Tunisia, said Thursday in Marrakech.“In addition to political instability, the economic and social crises affecting some countries, the lack of transport, training and communication infrastructure does not meet the strong demand of an increasingly young and rights-conscious population,” she added.

Bouzid was speaking at the Africa-Europe Forum of Young Elected Officials organised as part of Africities 2018, which got under way in Morocco since Tuesday.

Bouzid also deplored the inadequacy or absence of national or local public policies that favour young people and of urban policies that take their presence into account.

Such a situation is likely to push young people to seek better opportunities elsewhere than in their country or the continent, she continued.

“The growth of African cities must enable the reduction of inequalities, the integration of young people and the expression of their creativity,” she went on.

Bouzid called for a “revolution in mentalities” so that the place and role of young people would be definitively considered in the search for solutions on the global agendas.

Bouzid mentioned the dual responsibility of young elected officials, which consists, among others, in restoring young peoples’ confidence in local and national institutions, in order to propose alternatives for the management of resources (human and natural), crisis management (political, social, economic, humanitarian, and so on) and the empowerment of cities to be more resilient and sustainable.

To fully assume this dual responsibility, the deputy Mayor of Sfax is banking on the channels offered by decentralized cooperation, which she believes require only political will and boldness to give shape to the first commitments they, as young elected officials, can make today; commitments that focus essentially on three priority areas: education, culture and entrepreneurship.

Source – Journalducameroun