Commonwealth Chief Tips Uganda on Young Population

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The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, has said Ugandas young population is a great asset towards the transformation of the country.

The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, has said Uganda's young population is a great asset towards the transformation of the country.

Addressing a joint press conference today with Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda in Kampala today, Scotland stated that Uganda has the highest number of young people below the age of 30 in the whole world and this should be tapped.

She says young people are the Commonwealth's richest asset and in order to take advantage of that asset, it is important to enable young people realise their talent, and creativity through financial support

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Scotland is in the country to attend the Commonwealth Youth Ministers Conference. The conference brings together government ministers, senior officials, young leaders, and youth workers from across the globe under the theme 'Resourcing and Financing Youth Development: Empowering Young People'. It will be held in Kampala between July 31st and August 4th.

The high-level summit, held every four years, comes as the world's youth population reaches a record 1.8 billion people aged 15 to 29.

Scotland reveals that climate change, desertification and harnessing the bulging youth population's potential will be high on the agenda of the coming 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting.

The meeting will enable government ministers and senior officials to share good practices, debate emerging issues, take stock of pioneering Commonwealth initiatives and forge new partnerships for resourcing youth development.

Prime Minister Rugunda gave Uganda's commitment to the debates to ensure solutions are found for the unemployment. He says the young population will be able to propel Uganda to a middle income status if they are equipped.

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The conference comes almost 10 years after Uganda played host to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November 2007. The Commonwealth brings together 53 nations that share a common history of British colonial rule. 


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