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FM urges optimal use of social media to boost youth contribution to development
December 7, 2015, 9:17 am
Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah addressing the Kuwait Hashtag Conference

Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah called for the optimal use of social media and new information technology to boost youth's contribution to development.

 In a seminar held on the sidelines of the Kuwait Hashtag Conference, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled said that the new media has created a new reality where everyone is able to post and receive anything at any time.

 He noted that youth-related issues would feature high on the agenda of the upcoming Gulf Cooperation Council's Supreme Council meeting.

 The GCC meeting would tackle means to help youth launch their own business and harness their skills to increase their contribution to national economies, he said.

He described Arab youth as the first defense line against the malicious schemes to destabilize the region. He underlined that the government has never hesitated to back any youth related project.

"When the matter is related to youth, we always rush to support their interests," he said.

The Kuwaiti top diplomat said that the UN has recently adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the period 2015-30 and most of these goals are targeting youth development.

Meanwhile, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah said that government and non-government media outlets are partners in shouldering the responsibility of ensuring the youth's optimal use of new media.

 "We are looking forward toward bigger role for youth, especially those who are active on the social media sites to immunize their peers and to partake in state building," he said.

 He pointed out that the ministry of information and ministry of state for youth affairs are ready to offer all support to youth and civil society organizations to achieve this goal. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Electricity and Water Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah expressed admiration of the conference's theme and the agenda.

He called on youth to participate actively in the event and to create a communication channels between the government and public to achieve the higher interest of the dear homeland.

For his part, the UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Hendawi said that youth are the number one users of the social media tools.

 He urged Arab governments to use the new media tools and information technology to reach out to this important segment of their societies.

Hendawi reiterated the call for relentless efforts and coordination among the government and non-government organizations to protect the youth against the propaganda and recruitment campaigns launched the Internet and media-savvy terrorists.


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