Participants in this week’s Western Youth Conference were urged by Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Alipate Nagata to use the meet for meaningful dialogue.
Officiating as chief guest at the opening at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi yesterday, Asst. Minister Nagata told the youths that the forum is for meaningful dialogue, youth development and finding avenues for building future success for all young Fijians.
“This forum has no place for youths to be political and I encourage you all to remain apolitical and focus on serving all Fijian youths in the communities,” he said.
“This forum is a forum for meaningful dialogue and youth development and avenues for building our future success for all young Fijians.”
“It is therefore important that we as young people of this nation focus on our development based on the nation’s 5 Year and 20 Year National Development Plan. Let’s align ourselves to the Government’s plan for the development of young Fijians which will ensure a brighter and successful future for our nation,” Asst. Minister Nagata added.
Themed, “Empowering youth to be agents of change and promoting sports for development” the three day conference is aimed to improve outreach to all youths.
“We can agree, that participation in meets such as the Western Division Youth Conference ensures that you meet other young people and youth workers from different parts of the western division who share common interests,” he said.
“This networking of youths is part of this Government’s programmes in engaging youths and creating a vibrant social space for nurturing young potential leaders of Fiji.”
“I sincerely hope that this conference will be beneficial to you all and I urge you all to use this opportunity to play your part and contribute, learn and develop good networking skills with your peers,” Asst. Minister Nagata adds.
Reiterating Government’s policy for inclusiveness, he said the ministry is committed to ensuring that educational, leadership and employment opportunities are offered to young developing Fijians.
“As a Ministry we are here to serve all young people of this nation and to make use of the Ministry’s programmes and explore all avenues available that help you become successful,” he said.
Youths from the provinces of Nadroga/Navosa, Ba and Ra are represented in the conference which concludes tomorrow.