Youth look for an­swers as elec­tions loom

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Youth un­em­ploy­ment is one of the most peren­nial chal­lenges faced by many of the world’s most de­vel­oped na­tions, a top pol­icy con­cern that has been the fo­cal point of global de­vel­op­ment goals. With par­lia­men­tary elec­tions less than a month away on Novem­ber 26th, many can­di­dates are scur­ry­ing for the ever so cru­cial votes of the na­tion’s youth, a seg­ment of so­ci­ety seen as the de­ci­sive fac­tor for this year’s elec­tions. More­over, as the youth head to the polls on elec­tion day, the is­sue of un­em­ploy­ment is sure to weigh heav­ily on their minds. Ac­cord­ing to na­tional sta­tis­tics, the un­em­ploy­ment rate in the coun­try stands at 19.40 per­cent.

In an ef­fort to get an inkling on how this year’s par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates plan to rem­edy the burn­ing is­sue of youth un­em­ploy­ment, KUNA spoke with a num­ber of can­di­dates in the Sec­ond and Third Con­stituen­cies to get their van­tage points on the best pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to ad­dress this prob­lem. In the Sec­ond Con­stituency, there ap­peared to be a con­sen­sus on who to put the onus on, as the can­di­dates that KUNA had spo­ken to laid the blame on the Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (CSC). Two can­di­dates in this con­stituency opined that the CSC should un­der­take more ini­tia­tives to pro­vide jobs for the na­tion’s youth, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors. Re­cently, the CSC had an­nounced its de­ci­sion to stop re­cruit­ing ex­pa­tri­ates un­der its ser­vices cat­e­gory, in a mea­sure to make room for an in­flux of na­tional col­lege grad­u­ates. Fur­ther­more, they urged greater ex­pe­di­tion in sort­ing through the em­ploy­ment process, where it is not un­com­mon for ap­pli­cants to get em­ployed more than a year af­ter they had sub­mit­ted their em­ploy­ment ap­pli­ca­tions.

Mean­while, KUNA spoke to an­other pair of can­di­dates in the Third Con­stituency, who of­fered vary­ing per­spec­tives on how to deal with the is­sue of youth un­em­ploy­ment. One can­di­date ex­toled the Na­tional Fund for Small and Medium En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment (SME), an en­deavor that aims to com­bat un­em­ploy­ment and but­tress youth ideas.

Fur­ther­more, an­other Third Con­stituency can­di­date made sim­i­lar re­marks, as he en­cour­aged young en­trepreneurs to trans­late their ideas into vi­able projects that will be fi­nanced and sup­ported by the SME. “That way, we can ease the bur­den on the CSC to em­ploy thou­sands of young cit­i­zens,” he ar­gued. He also un­der­scored the need of closer co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, press­ing the lat­ter to make more ef­forts to lure youth em­ploy­ees in an at­tempt to cre­ate a “more level play­ing field.” As elec­tion day inches closer, the na­tion’s youth re­main hope­ful that the next Na­tional Assem­bly will de­liver on lofty prom­ises. — KUNA

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.