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Museveni calls on African Youths to Work for Stategic Security and Prosperity

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President Yoweri intracts with Youth leaders on the African Continent.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has strongly called on African Youths to work for Strategic Security and Prosperity as a way of fighting Poverty.

How can one fight for Prosperity of Africans including you the Youth? This is a very big problem!

President Yoweri intracts with Youth leaders on the African Continent.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Do you want Africa to be Prosperous? Here is the Solution, or you want Africa to remain problematic. The African Continent is so rich but again very poor.

Its now 60 years. Its now 60 years since Independence. And many parts of the Country have not changed interms of development.

President Yoweri being received by the Prime Minister Rt.Hon.Robinah Nabbanja,Kasule Lumumba,the Minister  incharge  Of  General duties  in the Office Of the Prime Minister,Finance State Minister Amos Lugoloobi,Ambassador Head of Mission/Permanent Representative at AfricanUnion |United Nations Economic Commission for Africa | Intergovernmental Authority For DevelopmentH.E Rebecca Otengo.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The CEO Of Africa peer Review Mechanism youth symposium  Professor Edward Maloka making his remarks.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Prime Minister Rt.Hon. Robinah Nabbanja delivering her remarks during the function.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Prime Minister Rt.Hon. Robinah Nabbanja  in a Photo Opportunity with Youths from different African  Countries during the function.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Prime Minister Rt.Hon. Robinah Nabbanja  in a Photo Opportunity with Youths from different African  Countries during the function.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Prime Minister Rt.Hon. Robinah Nabbanja  in a Photo Opportunity with Youths from different African  Countries during the function.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Prime Minister Rt.Hon. Robinah Nabbanja  in a Photo Opportunity with Youths from different African  Countries during the function.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Prime Minister Rt.Hon. Robinah Nabbanja  in a Photo Opportunity with Youths from different African  Countries during the function.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Prime Minister Rt.Hon. Robinah Nabbanja  in a Photo Opportunity with Youths from different African  Countries during the function.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Prime Minister Rt.Hon. Robinah Nabbanja  in a Photo Opportunity with  Members of the National Youth Council during the function.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Prime Minister Rt.Hon. Robinah Nabbanja  in a Photo Opportunity with Youths from different African  Countries during the function.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

President Museveni said this during the Official Opening of the 3rd Africa peer Review Mechanism youth symposium Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo.

What we can say, the only way to go is to produce goods and services which they can sell in Uganda, Africa and the external markets.

Every youth should participate in s Producing a Service he or she can sell to earn a living or even save.

Youths from different African  Countries  attending the Conference.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Youths from different African  Countries  attending the Conference.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Youths from different African  Countries  attending the Conference.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

 A  Ugandan  Youths  Representative  Speaks  during the function.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Youths from different African  Countries  attending the Conference.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

President Yoweri being received by the Prime Minister Rt.Hon.Robinah Nabbanja,Kasule Lumumba,the Minister  incharge  Of  General duties  in the Office Of the Prime Minister,Finance State Minister Amos Lugoloobi,Ambassador Head of Mission/Permanent Representative at AfricanUnion |United Nations Economic Commission for Africa | Intergovernmental Authority For Development H.E Rebecca Otengo. and Youths leaders.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Museveni also cautioned African Youths that if they neglect Market Integration and do not think about producing for a bigger African and global Market, their effort risks being washed down the drain.

 

The African Youths, if you talk about Market integration (that I produce a Service and is consumed anywhere in Africa and international Market.) There is no way your business will fail to grow.

Museveni Compared two American Continents, North and South America, he argued African Youth to work hard so that the African Continent does not become like South America which is the richest continent on earth in resources yet very poor.

“In North America (Canada and US), those Countries have been Prosperity for a long time. For almost a Century, nice houses, Vehicles, Electricity etc.

In neighboring South America, people are leaving in Misery yet this is the richest Continent in the World.

The Forest, (Amazon) Minerals etc.

The Prime Minister Rt.Hon Robinah Nabbanja:

I would like to first and foremost thank God for the gift of life to all of us, after two years of difficulty with the Covid pandemic.

In this regard, I appreciate African member states for taking measures to control the spread of Covid 19 and protecting lives. The lockdowns and other measures we underwent were painful, but they were meant to save lives.

There are reports of resurgence of infections in a number of countries, and therefore, even when we are here, we should continue observing preventive measures.

Your Excellency, this is your meeting, because it is you who directed all of us to organise it. Thank you for the support and guidance you have provided from the time the idea of hosting it was presented.

Mr. President, we thank you for being a champion of youth empowerment in Uganda and the African continent.

To all the young people here and online, I am pleased to join my colleagues in welcoming you.

The theme of this Symposium of ” Repositioning the Youth Agenda for a Transformative Continent” is timely and relevant.

The statistics in Africa speak volumes about the need to reposition the youth and put them at the centre stage of the development agenda.

Repositioning the Youth in Africa therefore means creating an enabling environment for young people to be innovative and develop their talent.

Repositioning the Youth also means providing platforms like this one where issues affecting young people are discussed and solutions found.

 

Repositioning the Youth also means providing opportunities for improving livelihoods and jobs so that young people can be independent and productive.

In Uganda, under the able leadership of the President, youth have always occupied a central place in our programmes.

For the visiting delegations, I wish to inform you that it was the idea of H.E the President and the NRM Government that youth representation in Parliament was introduced. Today, five slots are reserved for Youth MPs.

But even beyond the five slots, because of the conducive environment for youth participation in politics, our Parliament is generally a Parliament of young people.

We also introduced other youth structures from the village to the national level, under the National Youth Council. Under these structures, a number of leaders have been trained and nurtured and they currently occupy responsible positions in the country.

A key element that has sustained the empowerment of young people is the stability, peace and security our country has enjoyed for the last 35 years.

As you know, without peace and security, you cannot talk about youth empowerment and repositioning. If you want to know this better, as the youth in places where there is conflict and war.

We have also had a number of initiatives aimed at supporting youth enterprises such as the Youth Livelihood Program, emyooga and Youth Skilling Uganda.

Another element which we are emphasizing is education. An educated and skilled population provides the needed labour and innovation that help to create jobs.

But we appreciate that even with these efforts, challenges remain, especially youth unemployment. This has been worsened by the Covid 19 pandemic, where a number of businesses have been forced to lay down workers. We must, as a continent working as Governments, private sector and development partners address this issue.

Under your leadership, we have now started a new program for improving livelihoods of the 39 percent of our people who are still outside the money economy.

This program places special attention to the young people by dedicating 30 percent of the funds that will go to parishes to the youth. I call upon our young people to embrace and establish enterprises to benefit from this new program.

This conference is therefore very important, because it gives us an opportunity to share best practices on what has worked across the continent. We should be able to learn from one another and get better.

Finally, I want to thank all those who have invested time, energy, money and other resources to get this symposium to take place.

I thank the young people for turning up here and also online.

The CEO of the African Peer Review Mechanism , Hon. Members of Parliament,Permanent Secretaries, Ambassadors,Members from the European Union, African Union and Youth for Tax Justice also attended.

 

 

 

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