Kenyatta Roots For Youth Empowerment At AU Summit

view geneva;”>Noting that the youth form 70 per cent of the population, President Kenyatta said there is need to mainstream the youth in all facets of life to give them a chance to participate and develop their potential.

The president made the remarks on Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia while reacting to comments and questions from youth drawn from the African continent during a youth forum to address Africa’s transformational agenda as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Organisation of African Unity/African Union (OAU/AU).

Kenyatta said in a bid to mainstream youth affairs in his Government each Cabinet Secretary is required on commencement of their duties to show how they intends to involve the youth in their programs and activities.

The Head of State said in order to nurture the culture of innovativeness and creativity among the youth driven, the Government is promoting youth-driven new technologies such as Mpesa.

He said his Government has also made deliberate efforts to assist the youth by directing that 30 per cent of public procurement be granted to youth enterprises in order to create opportunity for them to grow in the world of business and create employment.


The President further added that in a bid to address the interests of vulnerable groups such as youth with disabilities, the Government has set aside resources to ensure they access fund to cater for their needs.

Addressing the forum, Africa Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the creativity and innovation of the million African youth can be used to unlock the development agenda of Africa.

She challenged the youth across the continent to debate and give views on the Africa they wished to see in 50 years while stating the role they want to play in shaping the development agenda of the continent.

She also urged intellectuals, political leaders, activists and all African people to engage in similar debates and forward their views to the union for presentation and deliberation during the January 2014 AU Heads of State and Government Summit.

The Youth Forum was organized by the African Union Commission’s Youth Division in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The main aim of the forum is to seize the opportunity of the OAU/AU celebrations and provide a platform for dialogue between selected African Heads of State and Government as well as young people on major policy initiatives.

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