The United Progressive Party (UPP) has unveiled a number of its plans for the youth of Antigua and Barbuda as the country commemorates International Youth Day today (Friday, August 12).
Harold Lovell, the political leader of the Party says there are a number of innovative ideas in the pipeline for the young people when the Party takes public office.
He says these programmes will be done to empower the youth; and adds that a lot of emphasis will be placed on new areas of the economy that will be youth-focused and which are currently driven by the youth.
Lovell says that a UPP administration will be youth-focused.
Lovell says that the Party is looking at setting a number of targets including getting young people involved in public administration.
According to him, this means having at least 25 per cent of the UPP senators being of a youthful age – between the ages of 18 to 35 years.
Additionally, appointments to the various boards will comprise 25 percent youth, he says, and ensuring that the leadership talent within the Party be reflected in the youth serving also as chairs and vice chairs on these boards.
Lovell says that a 25 per cent showing will also be reflected on various committees in order to show a strong youth representation on all the major decision-making panels that constitute public administration in Antigua and Barbuda.
The UPP political leader also says that a special Youth Development Fund will be established for the development and advancement of young people in this country.