(MENAFN- Emirates News Agency (WAM))
ABU DHABI, 12th August, 2022 (WAM) -- Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, has said that investing in young people, empowering them, and enabling them to make a meaningful contribution for their countries and communities, is the foundation of a nation's development.
In a statement on the occasion of the International Youth Day, marked annually on 12th August, Al Kaabi said, 'Youth are the real capital and the main tool in our growth journey to build a sustainable future. In order to prepare them for future leadership positions, it is imperative to include them in key decision-making roles today.'
She noted that the UAE government is keen to hear the voices of young people and empower them to achieve their goals. The National Strategy for Cultural and Creative Industries is an example of a strategy which enables the UAE to invest in young talents and helps nurture creativity and harness their energy to work towards a sustainable future.
The UAE has also launched initiatives and found specialised organisations that cater to youths' needs; among them is establishing the Federal Youth Authority (FYA), which is yet another example of how the UAE empowers youth in the country. The FYA is currently implementing 35 youth initiatives through 15 creative youth hubs across the country to engage the young population in various sectors of society.
The minister concluded by stressing the fact that the UAE cares not only about Emirati youth, but about young people from all over the world. 'This is the reason why Arab youth have chosen the UAE, for ten consecutive years, as the best country to live and work. It goes to show that the country's strategy in attracting and caring for creative youth and providing them with a conducive environment is bearing fruit and enhancing the capabilities of the country and youth alike.'
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