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Africas Youths Saddled With Constraints - Prez Sirleaf

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

( 10, 2015)-The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, says investment in Africa's youthful population is most important.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said investment in Africa's youthful population is most important, because the continent’s future is heavily reliant on its youth.

She, however, pointed out that the continent’s youthful population was lagging behind, due to constraints, including neglect, conflict and poverty.

According to a dispatch, the Liberian Leader made the statement Monday, June 8, 2015 at the G-7 Summit in Germany.

President Johnson-Sirleaf noted that taking Liberia as an example the country exported child soldiers and refugees 15 years ago.

“Today, it is a nation turned to the future, educating a new generation of children who never heard a gunshot and looking into a brighter future,” she emphasized.

The Liberian President also noted that twenty years from now,  Africa will be home to a youthful population of more than 1-billion people, with the great majority of them less than 30 years old.

‘‘This could be a demographic dividend that could be of benefit not only to Africa, but to the world as a whole,’’ the Liberian Leader  also emphasized.

‘‘It could also be a time bomb, ‘if we don’t arrive at a social order, where inequalities are reduced, where we tackle the root causes of poverty that lead to desperation.’’

The Liberian Leader said the world cannot continue on the same path and at the same time expecting that critical social, political and environmental issues confronting mankind would just vanish.

'The new paradigm of development demands a shift in mind-set and the way we conduct the affairs of our nations. Recognizing the universality of issues, such inequalities, injustices, intolerance and marginalization constitute the first step in moving in the right directions.''

The countries of the G-7 are France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada and Germany.

They meet every year to discuss issues affecting the world.
Russia, a member of the G-7, was suspended following the annexation of Crimea last year (2014).

The European Union has a membership to the G-7.

Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the G-7 Summit, President Johnson-Sirleaf talked with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, and Gerd Muller.

She also held talks with the Executive Director HUMEDICA International Aid, Wolfgang Gross, and the former Chairman of Mercy Ship Germany and a Member of Germany’s Parliament, Thomas Stritzl, from the Christian Democratic Union Party.


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