The government, through the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Information, and Arts, is seeking four representatives for the ‘Presidential Youth Advisors’ board.

The board, a pioneering initiative, will comprise 15 members, all within the age bracket of 18 to 30. This board will serve as a platform for the youth to voice their opinions and aspirations, thereby directly influencing the formulation of government policies, said the President’s Office.

The decision to establish this board was taken during a cabinet meeting held on 24 December 2023, subsequent to discussions on a proposal by the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Information and Arts.

The youth ministry has commenced the nomination process, which will remain open until 2 p.m. on 8 January. This opportunity is extended to young individuals actively involved in civil society organisations and non-profit entities operating in the fields of creativity and youth empowerment.

Eligibility for this initiative is restricted to local residents who meet specific criteria, including a clean criminal record for the past five years and proven expertise and experience in their respective fields. The secretariat of the youth advisors board will be under the purview of the youth ministry.

The board will be reconstituted twice during a presidential term, providing more young people the opportunity to contribute their ideas, according to the President’s Office. However, the tenure for students pursuing higher education and members appointed by the university’s Student Council will be limited to one year, reflecting their positions in the Student Council or Executive Committee.