Ten promising, qualified young Kuwaitis, who were enrolled in the UNDP's Junior Professional Officer (JPO) program, were chosen out of 593 to work at the UN, Minister of State for Planning and Development Affairs and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr. Rola Dashti announced Sunday.
"JPO comes as part of the implementation of the cooperation agreement that the Kuwaiti government signed with the UNDP last November as the government is responsible for choosing 10 JPOs to work within the UN system in various fields," Dr. Dashti said.
The fields include governance, human development, environment, energy, small and medium enterprises, private sector development, information and communication, she added.
The minister stressed the government's permanent keenness to support Kuwaiti youngsters, providing them with a qualifying education, training them as well as improving their general knowledge in order to enhance such national cadres.
"This kind of agreement is based on HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah keenness to support and rehabilitate Kuwaiti youth," noted Dr. Dashti.
She noted that the objective of this program is to provide Kuwaiti new employees with work opportunities to help them acquire experience in international developmental cooperation, enhance national work agenda and improve the performance of both the public and private sectors under an intensive supervision by UN senior officials in its headquarters around the world.
"The process of selecting the applicants has been subjected to the principles of justice and transparency as it was conducted in collaboration with the UNDP's JPO center in Copenhagen, Denmark," she stressed.
The chosen applicants will leave the country this April and June to join the UN headquarters in the United States, Austria, Denmark, Barbados and Turkey, she added.
Dr. Dashti expressed her happiness on working with the UNDP in Kuwait within this initiative, "which will help promote the status of Kuwait and its youth in the international community as it will support the basic principles of the UN."