MONROVIA, February 13 (LINA) -The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and partners have wrapped up a symposium pledging to build new partnerships to empower women and youth.
The partners include Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).
The two-day event saw governments, civil society, private sector and development partners debate the key issues of jobs and entrepreneurship, with a special focus on how the mechanisms of South-South and Triangular Cooperation can help bring about change in developing countries across the ACP region and beyond.
« African, Caribbean and Pacific countries have a long history of collaboration in various fields, including under the ACP-EU partnership framework. We are excited to share these experiences, and to highlight the added value of South-South and Triangular Cooperation in enhancing inclusivity, diversity, innovation and genuine partnerships, » said Patrick Gomes, Secretary General of the ACP Group of States.
Participants examined key areas including the development of skills, enhancing institutional capacities, improving access to technology, land and efficient business services, according to an ACP media release issued Saturday.
With more than 85 percent of young people living in developing countries, expanding national and regional policies and interventions on youth employment is considered essential.
« When you empower women you empower a community, a nation, humanity. If we are to combat poverty we have to guarantee that women have rights to land and access to technology and skills. Women should to be part of policy-making processes, » said Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of the OIF.
« The youth development sector is a prime area for South-South Cooperation. Young People are dynamic, collaborative, and more globalized than ever before. We need to recognize them not just as beneficiaries, but as important drivers of development and agents of change, » said Katherine Ellis, Director of the Youth Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat.