Junior Minister for Tourism Sharie de Castro recently participated in the first-ever Virtual Commonwealth Youth Parliament as the Speaker of the House.
The week-long event which ended on Friday, December 18, saw more than 50 youth parliamentarians from around the Commonwealth participating in the event.
The parliamentarians were actively debating the Bill entitled “Youth unemployment caused by the international outbreak of COVID
-19 and its effects on the fictional jurisdiction that acts as a backdrop to the programme, Commonwealth land”.
The junior minister said the event showcased that the youths are well informed on the global activities that affect the daily lives of Caribbean people.
“On the fourth day of the Commonwealth Youth Parliament meeting, I had the role of Speaker of the House, where I invited participants to contribute to the debate which was to address youth unemployment and its effects caused by the international outbreak of COVID
-19. During this time, I was able to appreciate the animated contributions made by youth parliamentarians across the Commonwealth,” the legislator said.
She added: “I was pleased to see these young people debate the Bill presented, I am convinced that they are aware of the issues which affect us and are paying attention and taking notes, and that is why they were able to make such impressive contributions.”
The event was part of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) which was established to connect, develop, promote, and support parliamentarians and their staff in identifying benchmarks of good governance and the implement enduring values of the Commonwealth.