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  • The Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, says the Government will be spending approximately $89 billion on programmes for youth and children across eight Ministries this financial year.
  • The figure, she says, represents 14 percent of the total budget.
  • Minister Hanna, who was making her contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 6, said that all stakeholders must coordinate and collaborate to get the best outcomes from the expenditure.

The Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, says the Government will be spending approximately $89 billion on programmes for youth and children across eight Ministries this financial year.

The figure, she says, represents 14 percent of the total budget.

Minister Hanna, who was making her contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 6, said that all stakeholders must coordinate and collaborate to get the best outcomes from the expenditure.

Meanwhile, the Minister tabled the Green Paper for the National Youth Policy 2015 – 2030 in the House.

The revised policy, which will cater to persons 15 – 29 years, seeks to take a positive approach to youth development for all young people.

“It will seek to be responsive to their needs through well structured partnerships within the public sector, with the private sector, youth organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), faith-based organisations, academia and with our international development partners. Our youth will be at the heart of national development,” Ms. Hanna said.

The revised policy will see the development of a  Strategic Action Plan to guide its implementation, A National Youth Development Agency established to coordinate the operational aspects of the inter sectoral implementation approach to youth programming and mainstreaming,  she further informed.

A Youth Development Act will also be implemented, to provide the legal framework for action in the sector.

It stipulates that youth issues be mainstreamed throughout the public sector and non-state sectors. This Act will require youth sensitive budgeting and provide the basis for appropriate levels of financing for youth development, Ms. Hanna said.

Speaking of the newly established Youth Division within the Ministry of Youth and Culture, the Minister said that the unit will now be focused on sector policy development, and related activities such as strategic programme development, standards development, research, monitoring the implementation of the Strategic Plan, and evaluation.

“This will be bolstered by an inter-ministerial committee which will be established to support the responsibilities of the Ministry. Most importantly, however, it will bring together all the Ministries and agencies working with young people so that our objectives are aligned and we are not duplicating programmes” she explained.

Minister Hanna reiterated her call for the development of youth programmes through the recently tabled policy that will reduce the obstacles faced by the youth so that they may become productive members of society.