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Fiji has been appointed member of the newly established Commonwealth Youth Ministers’ Task Force at the end of the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting on 4 August 2017 in Kampala, Uganda.
The Commonwealth Youth Ministers resolved to establish an 11-member body to monitor the progress of member states in implementing the commitments made as reflected in the communiqué issued at the end of the meeting while taking national nuances into account.
The Commonwealth Youth Ministers meet once every four years and it is important they regularly monitor implementation through a peer review system.
Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou, said: “It is an honour for Fiji to be appointed to this Task Force as it is a recognition of the work we are doing in Fiji to support our youth to become active and engaged citizens.”
“From the Ministers’ meeting and the forum with stakeholders in the youth sector, including youth representatives themselves, it became very clear that we are on the right road,” said Minister Tuitubou. “It was heartening to hear youth representatives commit themselves to working with governments as partners in the youth development sector.”
The Task Force will meet annually in London with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland to monitor progress and advise the Secretary-General on matters affecting the 1.2 billion youth in the Commonwealth.
There are two representatives from the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Pacific and three from Africa.
Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports, Alison Burchell said: “The Ministers were clear on the need to mainstream youth into the work not only of the Ministry responsible for youth but also across other Ministries with an interest in and contribution to make to our youth.”
“This reinforces the direction we are taking to coordinate our efforts across Government to ensure maximum impact in this important sector,” said Burchell.
“There are many similarities in the challenges faced by different Commonwealth countries and this provides a platform for us to share our experiences which will undoubtedly be relevant across the Commonwealth.
“It is important that we also reinforce the mutual support in the Pacific and Tuvalu acknowledged the contribution being made by us in taking in five of their young people as trainees in carpentry, organic farming and music,” added PS Youth and Sports, Burchell.
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