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Youth is Africa’s largest untapped resource, President Kenyatta says

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, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 25 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has said young people are Africa’s biggest untapped resource that countries seeking to invest on the continent ought to prioritize.

The President said the African continent has one of the highly
innovative and skilled youthful manpower which if properly deployed, has the
potential to tilt the world economy.

“We always look at the continent (Africa) and look at its
resources that lie below the ground but I want to assure you the greatest
resource we have is not what is below the ground but it is the men and women
that God has given us who given an opportunity can help transform not just
their respective countries and continent but the world at large,” the President

President Kenyatta spoke on Monday at State House, Nairobi when he and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta hosted a state banquet in honour of the visiting German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The Head of State said the first ever visit to Kenya by a German
President was historic adding that Kenya was keen on benefitting from a
technology transfer arrangement with the European nation.

Besides technology, the President said Kenya and Germany were
pursuing avenues for more people-to-people interactions and enriching cultural

“Kenya is a country of great diverse and rich culture and we have
no intention of losing it but Germany too is a country which is bestowed with a
deep and rich culture and these cultures should not be antagonistic to each
other but should be a source of joy and deeper partnership between our two
people,” he said.

The President, who was joined at the banquet by Deputy President
William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga, said Kenya will continue
working closely with Germany in ensuring global peace, stability and security.

He said economic prosperity would not be achieved if nations are
not able to establish structures for peaceful co-existence.

“We live in a difficult neighbourhood but we also know that to
survive and to prosper we need to work with our neighbours. Germany too
believes that to survive and prosper it cannot do it alone you need partners.
And Kenya is here to say that we want to be a willing partner for Germany,”
President Kenyatta said.

President Steinmeier said the world is faced with a myriad of
challenges that can largely be solved through partnerships.

He singled out climate change as an issue that requires a
collective approach by all global actors to manage.

“We are the first generation to live in an age in which humanity
is able to irreversibly change the living conditions on the planet.

“Only the concept of a global order offers the opportunity to
formulate persuasive answers to the challenges of the anthropocene. Africa and
Europe need one another if they are to find these answers  as part of the
international community,” the German President said.

President Steinmeier said it is only through deeper international
cooperation that countries will be able to effectively deal with the effects of
climate change.

He said Germany has a lot to learn from Kenya’s innovativeness
especially in the energy and telecommunications sectors where the country has
made tremendous progress.

“We Germans can learn a great deal in and from Kenya. How solar
energy can be used to power cargo bikes, how mobile phone based electronic
payment systems work and how an upcoming start-up sector is producing
sustainable fashion,” the German leader told an audience that included several
senior government officials, diplomats and businessmen.

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