March 2, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
Minister of Youth Affairs, Alimamy Alim Kamara and six others have returned home from the maiden Africa Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (AR-CYMM) held in Yaounde, Cameroon, to discuss the building of young people with a sustainable future.
According to him, the three-day conference themed, “Young People building a Stable and Sustainable Future”, brought together ministers, senior government officials, youth representatives and experts from Commonwealth countries in Africa.
The Youth Minister presented Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak and the role young people are playing in bringing the figures to zero, and what the continent should do in the face of natural disasters.
He said various youth ministers at the meeting expressed support for and solidarity with Sierra Leone and further commended the achievement of youth during the outbreak.
In recognition of the significant role of young people as partners in building a stable and sustainable future, delegates considered recommendations submitted by young leaders forum on gender, equality, peace and security, health and well-being of young people, the youth minister said.
He said delegates to the conference commended the work of the Commonwealth Youth Council and commitment shown by youth delegates and called for intergenerational understanding and collaboration between youth leaders and decision makers.
The conference also endorsed young people’s call for a reduction in youth unemployment and reiterated their commitment to the African Union rate of reduction of 2% annually, adding that bids by youth-owned enterprises should be accorded serious consideration in government procurement processes through the establishment of mechanisms such as quotas, minister Kamara disclosed.
He said delegates also agreed to strengthen the development of national youth policies that are inclusive of and relevant to young people’s needs and capacity, and to prioritise actions and resources to ensure meaningful implementation.