Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Knowledge Forum’s Youth Committee Commences Its Activities

AMMAN – The Youth Committee of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Knowledge Forum started its activities and meetings to provide suggestions to decision-makers regarding laws and procedures that could improve youths' capabilities in the Kingdom.

During the meeting, Mr. Fadi Al-Daoud was unanimously elected head of the Committee who stressed that the Committee's work will complement the huge efforts of the Economic Policy Development Forum and the Youth Forum for Policy Development launched by Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh celebrating the World Youth Day in August 2015 in the presence of HE Mr. Ahmad Al-Hindawi, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

Al-Daoud presented latest international studies such as the most livable countries Report by the World Economic Forum in which Germany topped the list while Japan came in the 10th place and Jordan settled in the 140th spot and the 2015 Situation Report on International Migration published by ESCWA and the International Organization for Migration.

However, the 2015 Situation Report on International Migration showed that “Jordan continues to attract higher number of Arab students to complete their university study.”

The Committee suggested to cooperate with TAG-Consult to implement a national survey that tracks youth’s opinions, interests and attitudes in schools, universities and workplaces. This survey will be a basis of a scientific study that contributes to making recommendations on the key topics that will be discussed by the Committee.

The study and its results will be presented in a press conference at TAGKF in the presence of stakeholders and then be submitted to decision-makers.

The work scope of the Committee includes: education and vocational training, recruitment and employment, official and governmental policies and legislations that support youth and leadership and creativity.

The attendees affirmed that all the experiences should be used to serve youth and Jordan and that the youth are at high risks namely drugs and terrorism. They also affirmed that views and experiences of the neighboring countries should be also used.  

The participants indicated: “Problems in Jordan are mainly caused by poor implementation and lack of long-term strategic plans,”; affirming Jordan’s ability to cope with different challenges and to change positively taking into account youth awareness, and not to restrict their freedom and changing the laws that prevent or limit their political participation.

It should be noted that the youth constitute the largest percentage of Jordan population; more than 70% of the population is under 30 years of age according to the latest studies of the Department of Statistics and the report of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).


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