ONE of the government's strategic directions for 2014 is to strengthen the partnership between the Youth and Sports and Social Welfare ministries to create new platforms for youth empowerment.
This was the proposition by Youth and Sports Ministry permanent secretary Joseva Sania at the closing of a strategic planning exercise to scrutinise the annual corporate plan meeting for 2014.
"A key strategy is to inculcate the positive change in the mind-sets of youths today, to empower them to become self-reliant and gender-sensitive," he said.
"The Ministry of Youth and Sports further anticipates on addressing reproductive health services at the community level through maximum utilisation of the existing women's networks and mechanisms of the Ministry of Women as well as the established youth network at divisional and district levels.
"The youths of this nation are our investment for the future and it is equally important to equip the youths towards ensuring socioeconomic development sustainability."
In addition, Mr Sania said in the quest to achieve excellence in its service delivery, the meeting enabled executive staff to put together a consolidated effort to refine and project the strategic direction for 2014.
"The mainstreaming of excellence within the ministry, irrespective of levels of operation, will ensure we truly embrace and practise what we preach.
"The Ministry of Youth and Sports, together with the Ministry of Social Welfare and Women, are both classified under government's social sector and connect in many defined and informal ways; these include gender equality and empowerment, poverty alleviation and social justice."