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HLP draft report on youth issues - Prez Sirleaf

By Moses Sonkarlay
The  Liberian Leader, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in a chat with ayoung boy
The Liberian Leader, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in a chat with ayoung boy

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, says Africa’s position on the continent’s youth will form part of the High Level Panel’s draft report on the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

She named job creation, youth employment, economic transformation, lack of infrastructure and other social services as critical priorities to be addressed as the Millennium Development Goals reach their 2015 implementation deadline.

According to a dispatch from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Liberian Chief Executive made the statement recently in the Ethiopian Capital when she joined other presidents at a Children and youth Assembly and an Intergenerational Dialogue.

Hundreds of youth and children from across the continent graced the occasion. The dialogue was moderated by the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Zeinab Badawi

Many of the youth participants raised several critical issues with President Johnson-Sirleaf and her colleagues.
These critical issues include the poor management of the continent’s resources, corruption, wars and conflict, and their failure to adopt a single African passport.

Other critical issues raised with the African Leaders are currency, language, direct representation on the African Union Commission, among others.

The Liberian Leader then informed the African youth that the rigorous process that characterized the exercise, ensures that the perspectives of the continent are captured and highlighted in the Panel’s draft report.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “Access to quality education and creation of an environment that enables young people pursue such education and find employment, are all great challenges in Africa today.”

“Credit yourselves for the number of positive changes taking place on the continent,” she challenged the young people.

“The voices of the youth are being heard and listened to, thereby compelling leaders to take proactive and affirmative actions to address most of the governance issues and constraints,” the Liberian President added.


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