The government of Uganda has dedicated Shs1.6 billion for the preparations of the 9th Common Wealth Youth Ministers Meeting that will take place from July 31 to August 4, 2017.
The conference will be held at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort.
Themed, “Resourcing and Financing Youth Development: Empowering Young People,” the conference will bring together government ministers, senior officials, young leaders, and youth workers from across the globe.
While addressing the press about the meeting, the Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, said President Museveni has already availed the money and preparations for the meeting are underway.
“The Shs1.6bn has already been availed to the ministry by the government and we are already planning on how it will be used,” Nakiwala said.
“Although it is not enough, we appreciate the president for giving it to us in time.”
The meeting will enable government ministers and senior officials to share good practices, debate emerging issues, take stock of pioneering Commonwealth initiatives and forge new partnerships for resourcing youth development.
Ministers will also engage directly with young leaders and youth sector stakeholders to ensure multiple perspectives are included in decision making.
Lillian Abor, the chairperson National Youth Council, said 20 youth delegates from Uganda will attend the function in addition to 2 youth leaders from the 54 common wealth countries.
Museveni will be the guest of honor at the high level meeting.
The selection of the 20 Ugandan youths to attend is still on-going from the list of those who applied and wrote an essay on the theme.
According to Abor, the powerful summit will also include pre-events like the national dialogue on July 11, the students’ debate as well as other sports activities that will take place all over the country.
The conference, held every four years, comes as the world’s youth population reaches a record 1.8 billion people aged 15 to 29.
Today the youth sector stands at a crossroads, with pressure on governments to do more for their young citizens with fewer resources, and growing aspirations by young people to contribute to their societies.