Kuwait keen on youth em­pow­er­ment: Min­is­ter

Sheikh Sal­man high­lights na­tional unity

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikh Sal­man Al-Sabah has af­firmed Kuwait’s keen­ness on em­pow­er­ing youths and in­vest­ing in their ac­tiv­i­ties upon the di­rec­tives of His High­ness the Amir. In a press state­ment made on Mon­day on the side­lines of a work­shop on “youth’s ef­forts in achiev­ing the 2030 agenda,” the min­is­ter ex­pressed his hap­pi­ness for Kuwait’s em­brace of the sec­ond phase of a pro­gram on sup­port­ing young lead­ers in the Arab re­gion. Up to 100 male and fe­male youths whose age rang­ing be­tween 19-29 years are tak­ing part in the work­shop.

Sheikh Sal­man, also Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, said the pro­gram aims to in­spire in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity of young peo­ple, ac­ti­vate com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels with them and de­velop their ini­tia­tives. He noted that the pro­gram is based on some top­ics; pro­mot­ing so­cial co­he­sion, eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment and boost­ing equal­ity be­tween men and women in var­i­ous fields.

Mean­while, Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor, and Min­is­ter of State for Eco­nomic Af­fairs Hind Al-Subaih said the pro­gram seeks to pre­pare Arab youth for tak­ing part ef­fec­tively in im­ple­ment­ing the goals of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in line with the UN’s 2030 agenda. In a speech de­liv­ered in 2015, His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAh­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has stressed Kuwait’s com­mit­ment to im­ple­ment­ing th­ese goals, she added.

His High­ness the Amir said “the goals of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment urge us to work in ac­cor­dance with in­no­va­tive meth­ods to keep pace with re­quire­ments and needs so as to end poverty by 2030”, she stated. This can be done through in­ter­na­tional col­lec­tive ac­tion and ef­fec­tive part­ner­ship, she noted, stress­ing that Kuwait has been pay­ing much at­ten­tion to all seg­ments of so­ci­ety within its de­vel­op­ment plans. The State of Kuwait also al­lo­cated some pro­grams to young peo­ple that meet their am­bi­tions and as­pi­ra­tions, and re­move ob­sta­cles fac­ing them, she said.

The pro­gram is part of roles played by gov­ern­men­tal bod­ies in col­lab­o­ra­tion with United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP) that aims to pre­pare youth in the Arab re­gion, she pointed out. The min­is­ter ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to all bod­ies par­tic­i­pat­ing in hold­ing this key event.

The work­shop launched on De­cem­ber 14-19 is part of UNDP in part­ner­ship with the Gen­eral Sec­re­tar­iat of the Supreme Coun­cil for Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment (GSSCPD), sup­ported by Min­istry of State for Youth Af­fairs, Pub­lic Author­ity for Youth, UN Women and of­fice of UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral’s en­voy for youth.

Na­tional unity

In other news, Sheikh Sal­man stressed the im­por­tance of boost­ing na­tional unity, look­ing af­ter Kuwait’s in­ter­ests, and com­mit­ting to po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship’s di­rec­tions. It is also im­por­tant to im­ple­ment His High­ness the Amir’s di­rec­tions men­tioned in his speech at the open­ing of the Na­tional Assem­bly’s 15th leg­isla­tive ses­sion, Sheikh Sal­man af­firmed Mon­day while chair­ing a meet­ing with of­fi­cials from in­for­ma­tion and youth min­istries.

He also stressed the im­por­tance of im­ple­ment­ing His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah’s di­rec­tions he has given in his speech at the Par­lia­ment’s 15h leg­isla­tive ses­sion open­ing, de­scrib­ing the Pre­mier’s di­rec­tions as a work roadmap for all bod­ies.

It is also im­por­tant to bol­ster co­op­er­a­tion among all author­i­ties in the coun­try in or­der to face re­gional and in­ter­na­tional chal­lenges, Sheikh Sal­man said, urg­ing the need to con­sol­i­date all ef­forts to­ward fight­ing sedi­tion, sec­tar­ian ide­olo­gies, and racism in the Kuwaiti so­ci­ety.

He also called upon all min­istries’ af­fil­i­ated bod­ies to setup a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gram for an eco­nomic re­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing ra­tio­nal­iza­tion for water and elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion in or­der to face global oil prices. Em­pow­er­ing the youth to­ward serv­ing their coun­try and sup­port­ing their var­i­ous cre­ativ­i­ties would, even­tu­ally, qual­ify them to take charge of Kuwait’s de­vel­op­ment and growth march in all fields, said the min­is­ter.

Sheikh Sal­man also di­rected all his min­istries’ af­fil­i­ates to study His High­ness the Amir’s speech and the gov­ern­ment’s ac­tion pro­gram for the next four years, and come up with ac­tion plans and fu­ture projects to achieve Kuwait’s de­vel­op­ment goals.

The meet­ing was at­tended by KUNA Chair­man and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Sheikh Mubarak Al-Duaij Al-Sabah, Tareq Al-Merzam, Un­der­sec­re­tary of the in­for­ma­tion min­istry, Sheikha Al-Zain Al-Sabah, Un­der­sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of State for Youth Af­fairs, Mo­ham­mad Al-Asousi, Act­ing Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters (NCCAL), Ab­dul­rah­man Al­Mu­tairi, Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of the Pub­lic Author­ity for Youth (PAY), and Kamel AlAb­dul­jaleel, Gen­eral Man­ager of Kuwait Na­tional Li­brary.— KUNA

Sheikh Sal­man Al-Sabah

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