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Thursday, 08 May 2014 03:48

Day 1 – Round Table – Poverty Eradication and Food Security

Youth Delegates Discuss the Political and Economic Aspects of Poverty


The round table session on “Poverty Eradication and Food Security” got underway at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Convention Hall (BMICH) Wednesday afternoon on the first working day of the World Conference on Youth (WCY) 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The speakers for this session consisted of the following: Gabon’s Minister of Economy, Digital Communications and Post Mr. Blaise Louembe, Pan African Coordinator of the International Movement of Catholic Students (Pax Romana) Ms. Afou Bengaly, Sri Lanka’s Country Manager of Microsoft Mr. Imran Vilcassim and Deputy Secretary to the Treasury of Sri Lanka Dr. B.M.S Batagoda.

After an introduction and its context in Africa, Ms. Bengaly went on to describe the methods of eradicating poverty. She expressed how political inadequacies lead to economic insufficiencies. Minister Louembe talked of the measures his country has taken to minimize poverty and of the actions that need to be implemented in order to eradicate poverty in the future by maximizing job enrollment.