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Tuitubou Briefs Samoa Gathering

Apia: Fiji’s effort in the implementation of youth policies in the country was presented yesterday in Apia, Samoa, during the 1st Pacific Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting by the Minister
04 Sep 2015 10:09
Tuitubou Briefs  Samoa Gathering
Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou with Samoan Minister for Women, Community and Social Development Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua.

Apia: Fiji’s effort in the implementation of youth policies in the country was presented yesterday in Apia, Samoa, during the 1st Pacific Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting by the Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou.

Mr Tuitubou said the Fijian Government had designed and developed a National Youth Policy under careful scrutiny to ensure that it was tangible to major national development policies, strategies and laws.

He said the drafting and formulation of a Fiji National Youth Policy was realised and mandated in 2003 after extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders and endorsed by the Fijian Cabinet in 2004.

He addressed Youth ministers, Commonwealth representatives, senior youth officials and delegates from the Pacific region.

“The policy was reviewed twice in 2012 and again in 2015 and a series of consultations with relevant stakeholders and partners around the country was held, which includes six divisional youth forums and a National Youth and Sports Conference held in June 2014.

“The policy, in its current form, had taken on board the interests of all stakeholders and sectors; including Government’s strategic direction for 2015 – 2018 and relevant regional and international youth declarations and commitments.”

Mr Tuitubou informed the meeting about the Fijian youth policy and its importance to the country.

“Our National Youth Policy is a recognised document and is mentioned in the latest developed Green Growth Framework of the Fijian Government as it recognises that Fijian youths are vital components of our national development amidst the many challenges they constantly encounter.

“To ensure that youth voices are heard, the policy mandates the setting up of District Councils, Provincial Councils and a higher forum, the National Youth Council of Fiji which was set up in 2012. The National Youth Council of Fiji is the umbrella body for youths and the platform to voice their concerns.”

He also elaborated on the effectiveness of the implementation and monitoring of the youth policy in the country.

He said the Fijian youth policy was aligned to two international commitments like the World Programme of Action for Youth and the Baku Commitment.

 

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