By Yohanes Tesfay,
THE delegation of the Ministry of justice of Norwegian government conducted a 3 day working visit to Eritrea from the 14th to the 17th of December.
The delegation consisted of Mr. Jan Bugge-Mahrt, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreing Affairs; Mr. Siw S. Lexau, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Justice and Public Security; Mrs. Mette Ono Njøten, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Justice and Public Security; Mrs. Anne Siri Rustad, Policy Director/Return Coordinator, Norwegian Directorate of Immigration; Mrs. Bente Scott Amundsen, Senior Advisor, Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.
The delegation signed a cost sharing agreement with the UNDP in support of the effort to youth employment and skills development projects that UNDP in Eritrea and National Union Eritrean of Youth and student (NUEYS) have embarked in. The agreement was signed by Mrs. Christine Umutoni – UNDP Resident Representative and Mr. Siw S. Lexau, the Deputy Director General for the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security.
This agreement aims to establish opportunities for supporting the youth training centres which will help develop the capacity of Eritrean youth’s skills level as well as improving their opportunities of acquiring professional employments, which in turn would benefit the overall development goals of the nation.
The delegation also conducted a field trip to Keren on the final day of their stay in the country, where they witnessed UNDP/NUEYS projects where youth are given opportunities to train in various training curriculum including woodwork, metal work as well as cement works.
(Asmara, 18 December 2014) – The UN Resident Coordinator, UN Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Eritrea, Ms. Christine Umutoni, has commended the Eritrean people’s work spirit. She made the remarks during an interview with Eritrean media outlets.
Stating that such an attribute constitutes a driving force for enhanced collaboration in the development domain, Ms. Christine Umutoni noted that this asset emanates from the spirit of nationals to keep intact noteworthy values.
The Resident Representative went on to indicate that relations between Eritrea and the UN is gaining momentum and that the implementation of cooperation accord concluded in January 2013 regarding environmental conservation, ensuring food security, social welfare, education, gender equality and human resource development is being implemented as scheduled. In this connection, Ms. Christine Umutoni lauded the achievements in various sectors in general and the health domain in particular, on the basis of active popular participation.
Regarding the country’s programs to raise the potentials of the youth, she explained that agreements have been reached between the Eritrean government and UN agencies and other partners towards making the necessary investment to this end.