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Young people could be the first beneficiaries of BBI

Young people are about to start benefiting from Building Bridges Initiative .Inclusivity and shared prosperity are two key areas which stand out to help the young population. Youths in Kenya should also be included in people with special interest group.These people require special rights as in Affirmative Action.

Through BBI,young people has been considered through selected representatives. Young people do not easily access job opportunities around them. This widens the inclusivity gaps. Lack of ability to create jobs and youth employment is a stumbling block to the young generation.

The steering committee of BBI made a number of recommendations to address the issues of youth empowerment:

1)Giving tax free holiday for at least 7 years for thier business to strengthen.

2)30% of employment opportunities to be reserved for the youth and marginalised persons and youth.

3)Mechanisms to be set to ensure young people access job market.

4)Barriers to access youth fund be eliminated to 30%.

5)Lower the expenses of starting and sustaining businesses for young people.

6)Set administrative structures to admit young people to job market.

7)policy formulation for promoting marketing and creative potential for young people like in music,dance and sports.

8)Curriculum change so as to put more emphasis on technical subjects.

9)Promotion of innovation and creativity for industry and business enterprises.

In spite of these recommendations, the plight of young people has not been established yet. Previously many young people have been given many promises which have not been met.

Youth unemployment remains to be a big elephant in the house which has not been addressed. Social and economic exclusion remains to be a challenge .

Let us all take close action and look keenly regarding young people in BBI draft and take appropriate action when the right time comes.

The government and other stakeholders should also ensure that the present constitution is also followed to benefit the young people. Micro and Small Enterprise Bill 2020 seeks to amend Micro and small Enterprises Act,2012.This is a good proposal to address the fate of many unemployed people.

Uwezo fund is also another youth empowerment project that should be taken more seriously by government to benefit the youth.

Credit Reference Bureau should also stop blacklisting the youth when thier businesses have not Advanced to make profits.

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