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Korean Ambassador pays courtesy call to CS Kobia

Korean Ambassador pays courtesy call to CS Kobia

Korean1Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Kenya, Mr Young Dae Kwon, today paid a courtesy call to the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Prof. Margaret Kobia, at her Harambee House office.
During the visit, Amb Dae Kwon was accompanied by the Korean International Corporation Agency, Country Director Ms. HyeYoung Shin.
The two discussed on a wide range of possible collaborations between the Ministry and the Korean Republic.
During the talks, the Ambassador informed the CS on the impending State Visit to the country by the Korean Prime Minister scheduled to take place from 19th - 20th July, 2018, as part of an African tour.
He further stated that the visit will provide an opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues of mutual interest at the bilateral, continental and multilateral levels.
Ambassador Kwon also invited Prof. Kobia to grace a dinner event for civil servants who have been trained in Korean Universities to be held on 20th July, 2018 at a Nairobi hotel.
In her response, Prof. Kobia expressed her ministry’s eagerness to learn from Korea’s rich experience in various fields, citing extensive use of ICT in Public Service, Performance Management and otherKorean 2 areas.

Pointing out the need to deepen collaboration with the Kenya School of Government under the Ministry, Prof. Kobia emphasized the need for more advanced training of public servants on specialized areas.
Kenya and the Republic of Korea are cooperating in areas of trade through the establishment of the Joint Economic Commission, education, health and ICT. The two countries have agreed to undertake projects in Transport, ICT, Agriculture, Health, Education and Science and Technology.
There have been several high-level visits between the two countries; notably the recent visit to Kenya from 30th May to 1st June 2016 by H.E. Park Geun-hye- the former President of the Republic of Korea.
Her visit to the country strenghthened bilateral relations in various fields including trade, investment, ICT, education, transport, infrastructure, agriculture and science and technology. A total of eight Government to Government Memoranda of Understanding were signed during the visit.

The Unveiling of Big Four Agenda is a Catalyst to Women and Girls’ Empowerment, Declares Prof. Kobia

The Unveiling of Big Four Agenda is a Catalyst to Women and Girls’ Empowerment, Declares Prof. Kobia
Nairobi, June, 21st 2018
Kenya’s efforts towards the empowerment of women and girls and attainment of gender equality have been boosted by the unveiling of the four key priority areas by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Prof. Margaret Kobia has said.
Addressing participants during the Post 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at a Nairobi hotel, Prof. Kobia stated that unveiling of the ‘Big Four’ pillars namely; food security and nutrition, manufacturing, universal health coverage and affordable housing will have a major impact on women and girls living in the rural areas and build on progress made.
“I wish to thank His Excellency the President, Kenya Government, Development Partners and Private Sector for the role they have played in empowering women and girls Economically, Health, Education, Leadership and Decision Making,” she stated.
Prof. Kobia, revealed that her Ministry will produce the Pathfinders book documenting their experiences, depicting a journey fraught with many challenges but with some victory in every battle fought, adding “This book will definitely be an inspiration to many others and useful for mentorship programmes for the young females aspiring leaders in the country”.

“Therefore, today we can confidently say we are not where we were decades ago in advancing the gender agenda. Many of the transformative advances have also been driven by commitments of our government, gender equality advocates, women’s movements, parliaments, political parties and a cross section of development partners,” she affirmed.
Moving forward and as agreed at the CSW, Prof Kobia, further stated that the Ministry will develop a structured platform for constructive and systematic engagement with the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA), Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector, academia, male champions as well as the eminent women among other groups to advance gender equality and women empowerment.
Concluding her remarks, Prof. Kobia reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to providing leadership to expedite actions to achieving the human rights of women and girls and also implements actions that will bring meaningful change in the country and the lives of the women and girls in rural areas.
Emphasizing the need to closely work together, inspiring each other and learn from each other’s good practices and innovations, and mobilize resources, the Cabinet Secretary called on the participants to seek new ways to ensure that the key priority areas, on gender equality and the empowerment of women be enhanced in realizing the Grand National agenda, Africa’s agenda 2063 as well as the Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 transformative agenda.
While making her welcoming remarks, the Principal Secretary for Gender Affairs, Safina Kwekwe, reminded participants the sacrifices made by trailblazers agitating for gender equality, calling on them to embrace and keep the spirit high.
On her part, Zebib Kavuma, Country Director-UN-Women, stated the need for stakeholders to take stock the achievement and challenges facing women and girls in rural areas with a view of enhancing their capacity in food security and nutrition.

KYEOP target to train 280,000 vulnerable youths

KYEOP target to train 280,000 vulnerable youths

Harambee House June 18/06/18

Cabinet Secretaries Prof Margaret Kobia (Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs), Ukur Yatani (Labour and Social Protection), and Representative of Council of Governors (CoG) Governor Paul Chepkwony of Kericho County have outlined the National and Devolved Government’s success in creating employment to thousands of Kenyan youth.

Briefing the press following the National Steering Committee of the Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Projects (KYEOP) meeting held at Harambee House, the trio stated that the project which commenced last year, Is on course to impart Skills and increase employment and earnings opportunities for280,000 vulnerable youth in next four years.

In a joint statement read by CS Prof Kobia, who was accompanied by the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry Hon. Rachel Shebesh, the statement gave a score card of its successes and challenges. The statement added that the project is designed to respond to various needs of young people in their diversity.

The project being implemented by three Ministries: Youth, Labour and Industry with ongoing support of the National Treasurer, World Bank and other stakeholders, in its first cycle of training unskilled youths for 3 months on-job internships and apprenticeship achieved milestone in achieving targeted goal.

“Through the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA), we are reaching out to those youth never went up to it beyond form four with training in Life skills, core Business Skills, Sector Specific Skills, Entrepreneurship skill. After trailing, the youth are attached to formal businesses or master craftsmen for 3 months on-job internships and apprenticeship after which they are tested and certified for acquired skills and competence,” the joint statement added.

In the second cycle of the project, KYEOP is addressing emerging challenges as well as cater for the government big Four Agenda. Besides targeting to train over 280,000 youth on life Skills, they are encouraged to enlist in the NHIF through the monthly stipend of Ksh6000. The youth are already establishing cottage industries through the grants of Ksh40,000 being granted through Nita,” the statement stated.

Therefore, The Cabinet Secretaries for Public Services, Youth and Gender Affairs, National Treasury,Labour,Trade and Industry affirmed support of the project to ensure its objectives are achieved and will continue working with all other stakeholders for the benefit of this country.

Prof. Kobia launches a Steering Committee for this year’s International Youth Day

Prof. Kobia launches a Steering Committee for this year’s International Youth Day
Nairobi July 12
A steering committee to spearhead the planning for the commemoration of this year’s International Youth Day (IYD) has been launched.
Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretar

Youth day 2y Prof. Margaret Kobia presided over the event, during a press conference held at Harambee House on Thursday.

The Committee comprises of members from the Office of the President, the Deputy President, United Nations Habitat, National Assembly, National Youth Council, Youth Advisory Board, Youth Enterprise Development Fund, Council of Governors, Civil Society, Private Sector and Academia, including various universities.
This Committee, to be chaired by the Principal Secretary of the Ministry, Hon. Safina Kwekwe, is mandated to coordinate and oversee laid out activities on youth affairs that will lead to the commemoration of the celebrations to be marked on the 12th of August, 2018 in Kisii. It will also include other Ministries, the County Governments, the Civil Society and Private Sectors.
Some of the activities include:
A national citizen’s conversation on corruption in collaboration with the Building Bridges program Monday 6th August, 2018: and a peace caravan in Nairobi on Wednesday, 8th August, 2018, a global conversation on safe spaces and positing of Kenya youth agenda at the global platform, to be held at the UN Headquarters, Gigiri 10th August 2018, and the commemoration of IYD including educational forums and exhibitions to be held in Kisii County which will be graced by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday 12th August 2018.
Prof. Kobia, further urged partners and stakeholders, including the County Governments, to organize activities within their localities bearing in mind this year’s theme ‘Safe Spaces to Celebrate the Youth’ starting from Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th August, 2018.
She added that the activities should be aligned to the Big Four Agenda and youth inclusion and participation.
Prof. Kobia appealed to the youth to take an active role in the activities in order to voice their concerns, learn and participate in matters that affect them.
“We are also inviting the media to be part of this programme and play a part in youth empowerment. We appeal for your support in publicizing and educating the youth about the planned activities and programs,” Prof. Kobia stated.
In attendance were CEO National Youth Council, Mr Raymond Ochieng’ and the Secretary Youth Affairs in the Deputy President’s office, Mr Anthony Kibagendi among other National and County Governments youth leaders.

Government disburses Ksh 140 million of Affirmative Funds to various women and youth groups

Government disburses Ksh 140 million of Affirmative Funds to various women and youth groups

Embu, June 20, 2018

Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Prof. Margaret Kobia, concluded her three-days working visit in Tharaka-Nithi, Meru and Embu Counties where she disbursed financial aid to various groups.

The climax of the visit was disbursement of over Ksh140 million to benefit hundreds of women, youth and persons with disabilities to enable them scale or venture into income generating activities.

Disbursing over Ksh 40 million to various women and youth groups in Embu County at an event held at Kenya School of Government Embu campus grounds on Wednesday, Prof Kobia said the government has availed interest free and affordable affirmative funds through Women Enterprise Fund, Uwezo and Youth Enterprise Development Funds.

She pointed out that women and youth comprise over 70 per cent of the county’s population, but despite this significant numbers, they continue to face enormous and varied challenges in their pursuit for social economic empowerment.

Towards this end, CS Kobia stated that the Government under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta, prioritized the empowerment of all citizens with particular focus on women and youth and initiated the funds being distributed to various beneficiaries across the country.

“This is in recognition of the role the two groups play in national development. Our youth are facing many challenges especially unemployment, lack of skills, idleness and drugs abuse. The Affirmative Funds are geared at helping them to develop alternative modes of occupation through enterprise and talent development,” she added.

CS Kobia, further stressed the importance of vocational training saying the government has allocated more funds towards its rehabilitation and offer training to vulnerable youth to gain employment relevant to the demands in market.

While addressing lectures and non teaching staff at the Kenya School of Government, Embu, CS Prof Kobia directed all agencies under her Ministry to heed the President’s call to establish tree nurseries and participate in planting trees so as reclaim the country ‘s forest cover to 10 per cent.

She also urged the institution to tailor their curriculum to align with the President’s Big Four Agenda, so as to produce human resource with skills needed to actualize the agenda thus and enable the country achieve Vision 2030.

Earlier, CS Kobia accompanied by the Embu County Woman Representative Hon. Jane Wanjiku, County Commissioner, Esther Maina and CEOs of the Affirmative Funds, paid a courtesy call to the Governor Martin Wambora,

During the meeting, CS Kobia urged leaders in the county to embrace unity of purpose forging cordial working relationship in order to ensure delivery of service to wananchi.


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