On the occasion of the 23rd International Youth Day (JIJ), celebrated this Friday, August 12, 2022 under the theme: “Intergenerational solidarity: creating a world for all ages”, the Minister of Youth and Civic Education (MINJEC) Mouna Foutsou presided over the opening ceremony of the meeting to assess and monitor the establishment of Municipal Youth Councils (CMJ) and Regional Youth Councils ( CRJ). It was in the presence of development partners such as UNICEF; CVUC; UNFPA; GIZ; the MINDDEVEL and many others.
The first articulation of the said ceremony held in the lounge of the DJEUGA PALACE hotel was the presentation of the Synthesis of the General Report 2021. It is made by the Secretary General of MINJEC, Benga Zachée Robert Théophile, who is also President of the Group of Work in charge of setting up Municipal Youth Councils (CMJ) and Regional Youth Councils (CRJ). He returned to the context of the implementation of these additional entities for supervising young people and the legal anchoring that consecrates these entities. In the presentation by the Representative of MINDDEVEL (Minister of Decentralization and Local Development) focusing in particular on ''The general legal framework for citizen participation in local development, in the context of decentralization'', Brice Kamdem mentioned the interest in decentralization and in particular the will of the Head of State HE Paul BIYA. It thus established the legal framework enshrining citizen participation in local development.
Minister Mounouna Foutsou in his opening speech and technical framework, welcomed the establishment of Youth Municipal Councils with the support of the partners present. He recalled that the establishment of these youth bodies participated in the materialization of the vision of the President of the Republic, Head of State, HE Paul Biya. Above all, he set the course for the progress of the work: "Ladies and gentlemen, dear experts, let me also refresh your memory as to the missions assigned to this initiative, so that you will have during these meetings, this compass for results that I know in advance are convincing. Indeed, the initiative aims to strengthen civic and patriotic moral values among young people; strengthen the capacity to understand the issues and challenges of local development among young people; improve information for young people on the management of CTDs as well as their involvement in local development projects; encourage the voluntary participation of young people, especially young girls, in the management of local public affairs. »
At the end of the ceremony, Arsène Azandossessi, Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Cameroon expressed his satisfaction to the Cameroonian press: “Very good appreciation, because we gave the opportunity to young people to express themselves at the level of local territories and to contribute to decentralization. So for us as a partner this is an important thing. Admittedly, the Secretary General made it clear in his remarks that there are some challenges, but we are here to support the government and find optimal solutions at the local level. »