Pan-african Parliament Forms Youth Caucus

23 May 2013 06:37

WINDHOEK, 22 MAY (NAMPA) - A youth caucus which would deal with matters of young people has been established by the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Member of Parliament Peter Katjavivi said on Wednesday.
Briefing the media on the outcome of the PAP Second Ordinary Session held in Midrand, South Africa from 06 to 17 May 2013, Katjavivi, who is the leader of the Namibian delegation to PAP, said the Pan-African Parliament Youth Caucus was formed following a motion passed at the continental body during its First Ordinary Session of the Third Parliament in October 2012.
The PAP Youth Caucus also grows out of the adoption of the African Youth Charter (AYC) by the African Union in 2006, and advocates for youth empowerment and development in all social spheres.
Katjavivi explained that the aim of the youth caucus will be to step out of the box, and to find out what the issues are which keep young people behind.
With the formation of the caucus, Members of Parliaments can learn from each other in order to improve the approach to youth development.
?In connection with this, during the second ordinary session of the PAP, Honourable Evelyn Nawases-Taeyele, a Member of Parliament, was duly-elected as second vice-president of the caucus. Nawases-Taeyele, who is representing Namibia and southern Africa, has got the experience,? he stated.
Having served as a youth leader both within the context of the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) and youth issues in general, Taeyele is joining the caucus with this kind of background and a good profile.
Katjavivi added that the caucus has been formed to also monitor how well African countries are faring on the youth front.
Speaking at the same occasion, Arnold Tjihuiko, who is also a member of PAP, said the young people of Namibia should be honoured to have someone like Taeyele representing them on the caucus.
?At least now they will have someone they can talk to, and raise issues with which can be discussed at national level. So, it is not that it is for parliament, but young people should see it as an opportunity to dialogue with her so that issues of young people can be taken up at that level,? he noted.
Meanwhile, the Second Ordinary Session of the PAP discussed issues such as the role of Founding Fathers of the AU, and had a workshop on the role of the media, mainly on media freedom in Africa.
The workshop adopted draft resolutions on media freedom in Africa, and further acknowledged the Windhoek Declaration of 1991, which promotes an independent and pluralistic African media.
Deliberations also centred on the progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), where specific prioritised country reporting was recommended for the fundamental right to access to water and sanitation as well as poverty reduction.