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Wetang’ula calls for partners to unlock youth potential

Monday, May 13th, 2024 05:45 | By
National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula during his Ireland tour. PHOTO/Print

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula has called on leaders to work with various partners to unlock available job opportunities for the millions of young people battling joblessness.

 During his three-day tour of Ireland, Wetang’ula - who held various meetings with different players including the President of the Republic of Ireland Michael Higgins - noted that the two countries share common interest in the trade, tourism and food production sectors.

 Kenya and Ireland, he added, also share common interests in the exportation of skilled labor in the nursing and technology sectors.

Exchange earners

 Acknowledging that tourism still remains one of Kenya’s biggest foreign exchange earners, Speaker Wetang’ula implored the Irish President to encourage his citizens to explore magical Kenya and revere it in its beauty and splendour.

 “I understand the weather here can be erratic. We have beautiful weather, warm beaches and lots of wild animals that form up the splendor of magical Kenya. The people are also a resource that your country can tap into,” said Speaker Wetang’ula.

 Added: “Encourage your people to take advantage of the visa free directive issued by our President (William Ruto).”

 During the closed-door meeting, President Higgins also made known his desire to see Kenya and by extension Africa get a fair and equitable share of support to facilitate free trade, human development sharing of scientific research, technology and food security for self-sufficiency.

 The Speaker also held sessions with Ireland’s Health Minister Stephen Donnelly who enumerated opportunities in the nursing industry, stressing the need for skilling and training of nurses who can to tap into the available positions.

 To understand the strides that had been made to boost food production, under the invitation of Speaker Sean O Fearghail, TD, Speaker of the Dáil Éireann (National Assembly), the delegation that included members of the National Assembly toured Kerry Group.

 This is a company that is making revolutionary changes in the food and beverage industry where the Kenyan team learnt that the Group was expanding its tentacles to the East African Market with a mango production promotion already set up in Tana River.

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