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Friday, June 30, 2006CARICOM Youth Ambassadors will be advancing the public profile of CARICOM and the CARICOM Youth Programme in St. Lucia on Tuesday 04th July when the region observes CARICOM Day.

CARICOM Youth Ambassador for Saint Lucia Kendall Elva says generally not enough is known about the contribution and implication of CARICOM to youth development. To remedy this dearth of knowledge a panel discussion will be held on the National Television Network – NTN to discuss all the pertinent issues surrounding the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Programme – CYP.

“CARICOM is an organization which consists of 15 member states and fifteen Associated member states and it is doing quite a bit of work in terms of our economy becoming improved and so the standard of living for everyone is getting better. Despite all the work that CARICOM is doing at a regional level, only a few persons tend to know about CARICOM and the whole idea of CARICOM appears to be far fetched to the average St. Lucian.”

Mr. Elva says the youth have a very big stake in CARICOM's decision making process and their input can go a long way to influence that process.

“Over the years CARICOM has seen young persons as a vital resource in its effort to initiate social and economic changes. There are several reasons why young persons are being put at the forefront when it comes to CARICOM programming and policies. One key reason is that young people by far, form the majority of CARICOM and so if you are going to plan activities, you need to take into consideration their voice or concerns about how you're going to address the issues.”

The CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Kendall Elva and Nalissa Marieatte together with representatives of the Ministry of Youth and Sports will be guests on the live call-in panel discussion Feedback, on NTN on Tuesday 04th July from 8 pm. They will discuss, among several matters, the CARICOM Youth Agenda which addresses priority issues such as the CSME and HIV/AIDS.

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