20 November 2012

Liberia: Gov't Holds First Consultation On Draft Nat'l Youths Empowerment Document

The Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Monday, November 19, 2012 held its first High-Level Consultation Forum on the drat Liberia National Youth Empowerment Program (LYEP) document. The consultative forum was held at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia.

The forum on the LYEP document was amongst other things, aimed at identifying ways in which the 14 different Action Plans captured under the draft LYEP document can be integrated in the government job creation and youth empowerment programs for youths across the country.

The LYEP document, which was drafted by experts of the Ghana's Youth and Sports Ministry in Accra, Ghana, when finalized, will provide the roadmap for the creation of jobs, skill training, and empowerment of Liberians. Speaking at the forum, Youths and Sport Minister, Mr. Tornorla Varpilah, said the High-Level Consultation Forum was intended for stakeholders in the country to get a first appreciation of what the ministry is doing to address the serious problems of youth unemployment in the country.

He noted that the High-Level Consultation will be undertaken by the Ministry on a sector by sector basis with the aim of seeing how the 14 Action Plans under the LYEP documents can be implemented by various ministries and other sectors.

"The issue of youth employment and empowerment is something beyond the Ministry of Youth and Sports control.

However, we are taking the full responsibility in making sure that the document becomes a success story for Liberia," he said. He added that youth employment and empowerment is critical to the survival of post-conflict Liberia.

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