UNDP recently launched a youth economic empowerment project, 3×6. The project aims to create sustainable employment.
The project was launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Japanese government, the Capital Secretary of Sana’a and the FOR ALL Foundation.
FOR ALL Foundation Executive Director Sabah Bakeer said the launching, which was held at the Movenpick Hotel in Sana’a, faced challenges but was achieved.
“With this economic support, youth can achieve the Millennium Development Goals,” Bakeer said.
Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mohammed Al-Sadi said it was an honor to be in a place that improves the strength and optimism of youth.
“There are sincere intentions and efforts to encourage youth to pursue multiple fields of work. We should build Yemen with tax exemptions, allowing youth to build up capital without difficulties,” Al-Sadi said.
UNDP representative Mohammed Hassen says the 3×6 approach is different from typical job creation efforts because the emphasis is on sustainable employment.
“Job creation is not the duty of only the government, international community or organizations, but the duty of all to provide assistance and support for youth because their skills are our future,” Hassen said.
Japanese Ambassador Katsuyoshi Hayashi expressed his country’s pleasure at partnering with UNDP to help Yemeni youth. Youth employment is guaranteed after completion of their training, Katsuyoshi said.
“Yemen passed through a difficult phase, but to achieve the youth’s goals there should be peace, security and stability,” he said.
Minister of Youth and Sports Moamer Al-Eriani called on international organizations and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation to coordinate efforts in order to improve development and odds of success.
He advised the youth to hold their own National Dialogue to identify their needs and problems apart from the government.
The project aims to socially and economically empower disadvantaged women and youth in Sana’a, Taiz and Aden with technical, entrepreneurial, managerial and confidence building skills.
Project participant Kawla Hadi is divorced with one child. She heard of the project from a neighbor. The project will help secure her future, she said.
Project Director Abdalbari Ahmed said participants opened savings accounts in Al-Aml Bank. Participants will have business development training twice a week, Ahmed said.
Youth will be encouraged to start individual or joint-venture micro-businesses. A UNDP-supported loan will triple the individual or group’s savings.