The Government will be funding two young people from Gibraltar to attend the 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in Delhi, India, later this year.
This is part of the policy of increasing our links with the Commonwealth as we prepare to leave the European Union.
It will be recalled that young people from Gibraltar attended the last meeting of the Commonwealth Youth Parliament that took place in Jersey. This was the first time that Gibraltar was represented.
The Commonwealth Youth Parliament is designed to demonstrate to future young parliamentarians the role and purpose of parliaments. It will provide those selected with an invaluable insight and experience.
The selection will be made through an essay competition which opens today and closes at 9.00am on Friday 13 September. The 500 word essay should be on the theme “Why the Commonwealth is important to Gibraltar”.
The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia said:
“Gibraltar sent representatives to the Commonwealth Youth Parliament in Jersey and to the Commonwealth Youth Forum in London last year. The young people who attended came back buzzing with ideas and were delighted with the experience that was afforded to them. The Government is fully committed to developing our relationship with the Commonwealth and this is part of a wider strategy in many other different areas. This year, the annual visit of sixth formers to Brussels has been changed to London instead, and they will visit the organisations and institutions of the Commonwealth as part of the programme. Gibraltar is proud of our long and historic relationship with the Commonwealth and we will continue our work to cement those links further still.”