A message from the Cabinet Secretary CS Anne Waiguru, O.G.W, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning The Jubilee Government is committed to the empowerment and advancement of youth in this country. Indeed, it is a logical fallacy to think that our country can sustain the current development trend or continue to transform itself from a developing country to a middle income country and beyond without consistent, focused empowerment of our youth. As part of Government’s commitment to Youth empowerment and development, the government is continually seeking to remove the barriers that stand in the way of our youth’s ability to realize their full potential. Some of these barriers are: access to capital; insufficient training & a lack of capacity for enterprise notwithstanding the plethora of great ideas and innovations generated by youth; and limited opportunities to engage in formal markets. To this end, the Ministry of Devolution and Planning seeks innovative ways to address these challenges by increasing access to capital through funds such as the UWEZO FUND, the Youth Enterprise Development Fund and Women’s Enterprise Fund; creating added opportunities to engage in the formal market by reserving 30% of public procurement for youth, women and persons with disabilities through AGPO; by making it easier to gain the necessary documentation to register a business through the Huduma one-stopshop service centers; and by seeking partnerships with the private sector to augment the training, engagement and placement of young people into formal markets. I am exceedingly pleased to see ventures like this that seek to harness the potential of youth through talent identification, professional capacity building and training, and business and professional mentoring in the arts. Photography, as an art, is a great avenue for our youth to tap into their energies and talents, and to develop reflective skills and harness their prowess at ICTs manipulation. This will help out our youth to tell beautiful and provocative visual stories, visually document the individual and collective journeys of our nation, and portray the magnificent beauty of our people, our landscapes, fauna and flora. This magazine and the pilot photography and visual arts enterprise class will help young people with a passion for photography to maximize on their talents in a gainful manner. I would like to congratulate The House of Fotography for conceptualizing and implementing a great idea to help young people join the ranks of great photoentrepreneurs. This venture speaks to the power of collaboration and partnership to do great. This is the key catalyst for youth empowerment in Kenya, and the NYS has chosen as its carrion call: to be true to who we are as individuals, professionals and be true to our nation by maximizing on what is good and helping empower each other. CS Anne Waiguru O.G.W, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning Local Perspectives. African Insights.
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