The Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education Mounouna Foutsou and the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Cameroon, Jean-Luc Stalon have officially launched the national consultation for the elaboration of the “Youth Connekt Cameroon” roadmap with youth from the Littoral and South West regions.
During his opening speech, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education lauded UNDP for initiating and supporting what he described as “bold and innovative” Youth Connekt Cameroon initiative. He was optimistic that together with other existing youth initiatives, Youth Connekt will help Cameroon take a step further towards its development objectives.
According to the Resident Representative of UNDP Cameroon, the Youth Connekt initiative cannot succeed without a strong involvement of the youth, development partners and most importantly the private sector.
“This innovative initiative is a multi-sector platform for connecting young people to opportunities that builds on strong partnerships, particularly with the private sector”, Jean-Luc Stalon stressed.
The Secretary General of GICAM (a leading private sector organization), Alain Blaise Batongue pledged to involve youth and get them connected with the business world.
“I have heard the plights and the voices of youth and I can assure you that GICAM will be of a great support to this initiative” Mr. Batongue stressed.
The President of the Cameroon National Youth Council – Fadimatou Iyawa, said Youth Connekt Cameroon will be tailored to suit the needs and aspirations of Cameroonian Youth.
The Douala workshop is the second, in a series of four regional consultation workshops aimed at sampling the opinions of youth from the ten regions of Cameroon.
The results of these consultations, along with online and face to face surveys and mapping of existing youth initiatives, will form the basis for the “Youth Connekt Cameroon” roadmap.