By Isaiah Braithwaite
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (DPI) – The president’s youth advisory council will be established in the first quarter of 2022 with a sum of $60 million budgeted and approved for that purpose.
This was disclosed by minister of parliamentary affairs and governance Gail Teixeira on Monday, as the committee of supply examined the estimates of the 2022 national budget at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.
“$60 million has been allocated for the youth advisory council for which the president will be launching by the end of the first quarter. A technical coordinating committee had been established in 2021 and that have completed the terms of reference,” minister Teixeira added. “I am advised that the president will be meeting with the youth arms of the various political parties to encourage them to participate in the youth advisory council.”
The technical work for the establishment of the council has been completed. President Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali in his new year’s message had made it clear that he will engage with individually organised groups of young people, including youth arms of all political parties.
“I want to hear their views. I want to learn how they think. We should shape the future of our ‘One Guyana’. I want to dialogue with them about the kind of country they wish to inherit and how they will advance it. The next generation must be better than this one. If not, our country will regress, not progress,” the president said.
The establishment of the president’s youth advisory council is a manifesto promise of the PPP/C administration.