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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 6.20 GMT
Gvnt committed to working for well being of youth
Prof G.L. Peris


Minister Professor G.L. Peiris said the Government of Sri Lanka is very committed to working for the well being of youth, delivering the keynote speech as the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Youth Council Secretariat in Hambantota last evening (Aug 13).

A leader with a clear vision for the future, the President has merged the Ministry of Youth Affairs and the Ministry of Vocational Training in order to secure the future of youths. Hambantota town is being developed as the city of youth for the first time in Sri Lanka. Both the World Youth Summit and the Commonwealth Youth Summit were held in Hambantota as well, he said.

Sri Lanka is one of the few countries in the world which lays so much emphasis on youth aspirations and development, the minister added.

The establishment of the Commonwealth Youth Council Secretariat will be a very productive endeavors which will not only be a boon to our youth, but to the youth of the world to reach greater heights.

Commonwealth Youth program project manager Lane Robinson proposed that an Asian Youth Council be set up and that Sri Lanka is the most suitable country in Asia to take up this challenge. He said that youth the world over should pay gratitude to the Sri Lankan Government for the initiatives taken on their behalf.

Mr. Robinson also thanked the Sri Lankan government for the initiatives taken in youth development activities.

Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, Hambantota District Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, National Youth services Council Chairman Lalith Piyum Perera and a host of other distinguished guests participated on the occasion.






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