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UAE launches new agenda to empower youth in business, society

Sheikh Mohammed unveils National Agenda for Youth; says it will shape the 'future of our nation'

UAE launches new agenda to empower youth in business, society

The UAE has launched its National Agenda for Youth which aims to empower the younger generation to play a bigger role in business and society.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the program, saying that youth are the strength of any nation and its hope for a better future.

"UAE youth represent the potential of our nation and are the source of its wealth. Today, we are drawing the future of our nation; we are investing our wealth and directing our efforts and plans towards developing the skills and expertise of our youth as they will drive our progress," he said in comments published by news agency WAM.

"UAE is always keen to support its youth, and is committed to empower younger generations and create new opportunities for them. We are also keen to prepare the new generation that is ready to be creative and innovative to help us achieve our ambitions for even greater prosperity," Sheikh Mohammed added.

He also said that the National Agenda for Youth aims to empower them to play a role in developing the country, as well as provide them with opportunities to sharpen their skills and unleash their leadership potential.

The Agenda will creat a national framework and a vision for serving the development needs of the youth and making them global role models.

It aims to strengthen their sense of belonging, and pride in their identity and culture, WAM said, while also seeking to boost the ability of the youth to play leadership roles and increase their productivity.

As part of the Agenda, a dedicated youth council will be set up in every ministry, WAM added.

The policy also aims to create a national centre on youth, with the aim of collecting youth-related data that will support the decision making process. A virtual interactive platform that links youth with UAE government will also be set up.

The Agenda will launch a number of specialised youth centres across the UAE such as Youth Creativity Centre, Youth Media Centre, and Youth Cultural Centre.

The Agenda was launched based on suggestions that were submitted by UAE youth during the two-day youth retreat in Dubai that was attended by ministers and young leaders in the country.