The PNM Abroad group has announced the establishment of the Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI). This was done at its New Year’s event on Saturday.
In a media release issued by its leader Pearce Robinson, the group stressed the importance of youth and young people being more actively engaged in the political process, while lobbying the politicians to listen to the next generation, who they say are the leaders and professionals of tomorrow.
“Its aims are to develop a more perfect union between the people of T&T which further integrates the socio-cultural diversity and unique beauty of our peoples and to pursue an agenda that is all-encompassing and able to reach out to all sections of society,” the release said.
PNM Abroad intends to lobby the People’s National Movement as well as the politics as a whole to bring about succession planning.
“We want it to be done now and we will lobby the political directorate to institute this shift in the national interest.
“It's time we invite the new generation to make a difference. For too long we have sat down and allowed ourselves to be marred by bitterness and vitriol by a system that is not designed to encourage newness.
“We cannot allow this system to rage unabated or allow interests within it to control the political directorate as they have grown accustomed and essentially have it their way or risk destroying our future, or financiers who believe they have special claim over our political system and can push for their own interests instead of...the people’s interest.”
PNM Abroad said its event on Saturday demonstrated that young people did care about the country. The release claimed the group had brought together a diverse group of non-typical PNM members, and that even young COP supporters felt welcome to engage and participate in the process of dialogue and mutual co-operation in the interest of T&T.
“From this day forth, we shift into gear and move this country forward,” the media release ended.