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President Obama commits more support to Young People

President Obama commits more support to Young People

KUALA LUMPUR:  President Barack Obama has pledged his Government`s continued support to young people across the world. The United States President delivered his message at the 4th Global Entrepreneur Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in a short televised video.

He thanked the Malaysian Government for partnering with the US to organize the largest Global Entrepreneur Summit (GES) (GES) ever and apologized for not making it to the summit in person. He said the US was proud to host the first ever GES. President Obama said his Government would partner with Up Global to train and provide mentorship to about 5000 young entrepreneurs from various countries all over the world.

 In his opening remarks earlier, before the official opening of the two days Global Entrepreneur Summit on the 11th and 12th October, US Secretary of State John Kerry said he was pleased to be in Malaysia for the Global Entrepreneur Summit. He opened his statement with a greeting in the local Malay language saying “Salamat…” and thanked the Malaysian Prime minister for the hospitality. The US, he said, was proud to be a major partner in the 4th Global Entrepreneur Summit. Secretary Kerry then said President Obama was unavoidably absent because “a small group of people has held us back but we shall get over this soon.” Amid the expressing of optimism, he added that President was unable to attend because of the Government shutdown in Washington but said “this summit is close to President Obama’s heart.”

Kerry heaped praises on the host nation, describing Malaysia as a multicultural nation that is a model for the world. He said Malaysia went twice for the sky. “Together, they… are a soaring reminder that Malaysia is much more than a marketplace. It is a human and economic mosaic – and it is a model for the world.” He recalled that the Global Entrepreneur Summit is an initiative of President Obama to foster more economic cooperation with Muslims countries. Secretary Kerry said the US was committed to supporting young entrepreneurs all over the world. “President Obama understands that successful entrepreneur is not just about making profits, it is about building societies…,” he said.

 The US Secretary of State also said every successful progress in the world started with young people. He paid tribute to Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, the 16-year old Pakistani girl championing girls education in the her country, Malala Yousafzai, former South African President Nelson Mandela and US civil rights activists Martin Lurther King Jr. These people, he said, made some significant changes in the world when they were young. He stressed that the best ideas were never bound by boundaries.

 The two days summit was opened by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Secretary of State Kerry. Prime Minister Razak also highlighted his government`s commitment to support young people and emphasized the progress made by Malaysia. The Global Entrepreneur Summit started after the Global Startup Youth which brought together over 500 coders, domain experts and youth leaders from across the world to huddle together to work and come up with solutions for some of the world`s pressing problems in the Global Startup Youth session ahead of the 2-day Global Entrepreneur Summit.

The Global Startup Youth (7th to 10th October) was a high impact ideas accelerator aimed at turning ideas into high growth ventures solving real world problems. It is an action packed, high intensity, challenging yet fun filled, and ‘get stuff done’ boot camp. It harnesses the power of youth, their cultural diversity, their domain expertise and their deep conversations about today’s world problems to accelerate them into ventures, ready to be taken to market and scaled.

By: Murtala Mohamed Kamara

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