Burundi’s Ambassador to Kenya, Jean Bosco Barege, has urged East African leaders to inspire and support youth to foster growth in the region.
“I strongly support this initiative of inspiring youth because the future of our East African Community (EAC) lies in the young people,” said Barege.
Africa’s youth population is rapidly growing and expected to double to over 830 million by 2050.
If properly harnessed, this increase in the working age population could support increased productivity and stronger, more inclusive economic growth across the continent.
The new envoy to Kenya spoke at the 2019 Leadership Award ceremony at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday night.
Organisers of the event say the awards were motivated by the need to celebrate leaders who have made a contribution to the transformation of the continent.
East Africa Book of Records, an organisation domiciled in Kampala, with representation in six East African countries nominated Kenyan Vice President William Samoei Ruto as its recipient for the 2019 Leadership Award.
Ruto, who is expected to stand for president in Kenya’s 2022 elections, was praised for his “inspiring political journey given his humble background; his commitment to the ideals of Pan Africanism and inter African trade; thought leadership in human capital development of young people through championing technical and vocational education in Kenya.”
Barege said EAC’s integration is people–centered hence the need for the involvement of the youth to prepare them for bigger responsibilities in future.
“Let’s all the EAC leaders work for the wellbeing of EAC people and more particularly inspire youth,” said Barege.
“This ceremony testifies that you (Ruto) inspire youth. I was reliably informed that during the survey, you emerged the best suitable candidate and I take this opportunity to congratulate you for being an inspiration for youth and hence being awarded,” he added.