In a significant move towards youth empowerment and development of the creative economy, Mandera County’s Governor, H.E. Mohamed Adan Khalif, welcomed Ismail Maalim Mahdi, the Principal Secretary of the State Department for Youth Affairs and Creative Economy, for a strategic meeting.
During his visit, the Principal Secretary paid a courtesy call to the Governor’s office, engaging in productive discussions that focused on identifying potential areas of collaboration between the county government and the state department. This meeting set the stage for an insightful exchange of ideas, aligning the county’s vision for youth development and the creative industry with the broader initiatives of the Department of Youth Affairs.
The discussions were marked by a spirit of collaboration, reflecting a shared commitment to fostering growth and creating opportunities for the youth in Mandera County. This initiative is seen as a pivotal step in harnessing the potential of young people and the creative sector within the region.
Following the meeting, a stakeholder engagement event was organized in partnership with the Department of Youth, Talent Development, and Sports. This event served as a testament to the county’s dedication to inclusivity, providing a dynamic platform for the youth involved in the creative industry and various key stakeholders to actively participate in discussions and collaborations.
A primary focus of this event was to gather insights on the draft creative economy policy and the creative industries bill. The gathering offered a crucial opportunity for stakeholders to express their perspectives and opinions on these important matters, emphasizing the county’s commitment to effective public participation. The event highlighted the importance of ensuring that policies are inclusive and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people of Mandera.
The visit by the Principal Secretary and the subsequent stakeholder event underline Mandera County’s proactive approach in engaging with state departments and local stakeholders to enhance the prospects of its youth and the burgeoning creative economy.