KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) -- The conclusion of the National Youth Project
initiative was marked on Monday with a ceremony attended by a representative
of His Highness the Amir who honored those who contributed to the success of
the initiative and stressed the idea of a "Ministry of Youth Affairs" as the
most valuable achievement of the effort.
Representing the Amir at the ceremony at Kuwait National Library, Deputy
Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah said the project
was "a success on all fronts". He also conveyed the greetings of His Highness
the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to Kuwaiti youth and to
contributors to this national effort which yielded the drafting of the
National Youth Document, presented to His Highness at the wrap-up conference
of the project.
The project was headed by Amiri Diwan Advisor and Chairman of the Higher
Supervision Committee of the National Youth Project Dr Yusuf Al-Ebraheem, and
Chairman of the Executive Bureau for the project was Jasem Al-Rubaian.
As stated by the official internet platform of the project, the vision was
"Enabling youth to participate in the advancement of Kuwait's future vision
and its strategic and developmental goals."
Having urged such project in the first place, the official noted that His
Highness the Amir had upon receiving the document listing some of Kuwaiti
youth's expectations and demands called for an extraordinary session of the
Council of Minister, which he presided himself, and urged serious
consideration and implementation, where fitting, of the proposals.
Addressing the same ceremony, Chairman of the Executive Bureau for the
project was Jasem Al-Rubaian praised the efforts of the Steering Committee and
its drafting of the general policies and goals that helped guarantee success
of the project. He also praised the Executive Bureau's provision of all means
and facilities needed to realize the goals set by the committee and its
organizing of several meetings, forums, and conferences towards this end.
Al-Rubaian also extended thanks to members of Kuwait Youth Council for
their careful choice of priorities through organizing workshops and holding
meetings with state officials and ministers and also going out on field visits.
This sincere effort is appreciated and shall reach proud culmination with
the creation of Kuwait National Youth Council, which would work as the link
between youth and grassroots and the country's political leadership, he said.
The ceremony was concluded with honoring of 315 people whose contribution
and effort guaranteed the success of the national project.
In remarks after the ceremony, Amiri Diwan Advisor and Chairman of the
Higher Supervision Committee of the National Youth Project Dr Yusuf
Al-Ebraheem noted that the Amir's support of this initiative throughout its
different stages was out of his belief in youth as key players in the
On the proposals in the National Youth Document, he remarked they fall
under two categories. The first category includes short-term proposals such as
opening 34 stadiums and sports venues in schools across the country to be run
by Cooperative Societies. The stadiums and similar facilities are now under
the umbrella of the Ministry of Youth Affairs.
The second group of long-term proposals which require thorough
consideration includes issuing legislation that meet youth's needs and
expectations. His Highness the Amir had urged the cabinet to consider this
group of proposals and implement wherever possible with all due haste,
"Proposals are currently under consideration and we hope to begin to see
implementation after the summer holiday this year," he stressed.
To stress earnest and sincerity of this effort, the national project
activities and sessions as well as all its communication with the general
public went under the motto "Kuwait Listens", which is also stamped, front and
center, across the official internet website. The webpage clearly lists 11
"strategic goals" for the project, which all stress youth involvement and
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