Youth agenda to gain momentum at ministers' meeting

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The resolutions taken at the BRICS Youth Summit will form part of deliberations at the BRICS Youth Ministers Meeting later this week.

“The 10th BRICS Summit will reflect on the outcomes of this gathering, particularly [the] proposed mechanism such as a framework to facilitate the BRICS Youth secretariat,” Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Reginah Mhaule said.

She was on Wednesday at the 4th BRICS Youth Summit held in Bela Bela, Limpopo.

“In honouring Nelson Mandela, we honour not only the individual but also the group of young women and men with whom he sought to make history, in the course of which they charted for us,” Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said.

The Summit hosted by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) in partnership with the Department of Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation (DPME), convened under the theme “Radical Economic Transformation: Making the New Development Bank work for Youth”.

Delegates across BRICS countries gathered to lobby for the Youth Secretariat and Youth Work Streams in the BRICS Business Council.

“We recognise that our partnership is shaped by the interplay between diplomatic, political, security, environmental, economic and regional co-operative dynamics that define early 21st-century international relations.

“We should remain cognisant of global shifts in hard, soft and smart or mental power in the world; the stratification of regional groupings in the world and the agenda of BRICS at large. Our unity in diversity and focus on developing common solutions to global challenges remains pivotal,” NYDA Executive Chairperson Sifiso Mtsweni said. –