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'Gambia cannot afford to miss YES 2010'

May 13, 2010, 12:16 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

The National Coordinator of the Youth Employment Network (YEN) Gambia Chapter, Abdou Boye, has said that it would be very sad if the country misses the chance to participate in the forthcoming 5th Global Youth Employment Summit (YES) 2010 in Sweden.

Mr. Boye was speaking in an interview with this reporter yesterday. According to him, this year's summit is indeed a summit with a difference. "What makes this summit particularly important and unique is that, for the first time on a global scale, the key stakeholders, youth and government leaders, are working together to develop a strategy to deal with this crucial issue."

He said that some of the world's richest personalities, for instance, Mo Ibrahim and Bill Gates, will attend just to listen to young people's concerns, and provide them with support. "There would be a market place, which every country including ours should not miss", he said.

Mr. Boye called on the development partners to come to their aid, since the summit is already at the corner, since it is starting in June.

"We firmly believe that when young people are employed with decent jobs, the crime rate would also reduce in the society," said Mr. Boye.

"We must build bridges to the disengaged youth across the globe, whose frustration is a breeding ground for a life of crime, violence, and poverty." he concluded.