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LSP Sponsors Youth Parliament Session on Youth Employment and the Use of Parliamentary Questions in Oversight

Members of National Youth Parliament

Members of National Youth Parliament

The Legislative Support Program for Cote d’Ivoire organized a meeting of the National Youth Parliament of Côte d'Ivoire which took place from May 25 to 28, 2017 at the National Polytechnic Institute Houphouët-Boigny (INPHB) of Yamoussoukro. The goal of the event was to demonstrate to the 50 young parliamentarians, through the use of a simulated session on youth employment policy, how the parliament monitors government action through the use of parliamentary questions.

Mr. Alain Addra, Director of Legislative Services of the National Assembly, briefed the young parliamentarians on the preparation of an an oral question from its conception to its final formulation, including the rules and procedures governing the conduct of the oral question session, the manner of questioning and the rules prescribed for exchanges with the Government Commissioner. During the course of the session, the young parliamentarians formulated and addressed questions to colleagues who played the roles of the President of the Republic, Minister for the Promotion of Youth, Youth Employment and Civic Service, and the Regional Director of the Aries region. A lively discussion ensued between the parliamentarians and government officials with a particular focus on means to encourage self-employment, specifically: strengthening operational capacities and access to credit and facilitating the creation of enterprises. They also recommended to the Government a reform of the education system to ensure a real match between training and employment in order to respond to the expected changes in the labor market.

The Youth Parliament serves as a means of educating promising future leaders for Cote d’Ivoire and, simultaneously, provides government officials with the insights of these youth leaders on issues of current concern. This was the second such gathering supported by LSP. At the end of this simulation, the young parliamentarians expressed their appreciation for this initiative by the National Assembly and SUNY/CID.

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Posted June 5, 2017