President Peter Mutharika will on Friday open the first ever 2016 National Youth Conference at Bingu International Conference Center in Lilongwe which presents an opportunity for young people of Malawi to discuss and provide their recommendations towards the successor to the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS).
Minister of Labour , Youth and Manpower development, Henry Mussa has described the Youth conference as an important gathering that will give youth a platform to express their concerns and recommendations to the government.
Mussa said the conference will also see the President launching National Youth Status report which comes from the youths of Malawi after their wide consultations in 2015.
He said the youth status report has concerns by the youths, key stakeholders, proposed solutions and recommendations that shall form part and parcel of Malawi Development Strategy III which replaces Malawi Development Strategy II
The theme for the conference is “Youth development and Empowerment: Key to transforming Malawi now and beyond.”
In Malawi, 80 percent of the country’s population are aged below 35 years and therefore form a large part and important constituent of the nation, according to government.
Over the last few months, the Government, in collaboration with the National Youth Council and the UN system in Malawi had embarked on Nation- wide youth consultations on Malawi’s development process and over 1,000 youth representatives from all walks of life presented their views.
Malawi government also embarked on the preparation of a periodic “National Youth Status Report” which will be published every two years and will highlight major issues affecting the youth in the country.
The National Youth Conference has been organised by the Ministry of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development, the National Youth Council of Malawi, the Ministry of Education Science and Technology and the United Nations in Malawi.
United Nations – Malawi Resident Coordinator Miss Mia Seppo has described the conference as special importance in youth programmes for Malawi as it is being held at a time when the country has embarked on the process of reviewing the MDGS II, to pave the way for the next national development plan.
She It will be very pleasing to see the UN Youth Champion, who is also the President of the Republic of Malawi, engaging the youth of Malawi on various issues.
Seppos said as the youth of Malawi are confronted with a multiplicity of development challenges in the areas of education, health, employment, entrepreneurship, gender equality and women’s empowerment, human rights and HIV/AIDS. Therefore, she said, their voice is critical in terms of framing the next development agenda.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :