'Young People and the Future of Emerging Markets' Report launched at the House of Lords in London
This year’s Emerging Markets Symposium Report, Young People and the Future of Emerging Markets, was launched in the House of Lords, London, on Tuesday 24 May, 2016. The report urges emerging market country governments to address the specific needs of these young people in order to sustain economic growth, social cohesion and political stability.
The keynote speakers were Professor George Patton of the University of Melbourne, Chair of the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing, and Professor Jo Boyden of Oxford University’s International Development Department who directs the Young Lives research centre. Professor Patton pressed the case for “joined-up government policy” to invest in young people who he described as “the most creative age group across the life course”. Both speakers saw the EMS report as a wake-up call for emerging market countries to recognise the hugely positive potential of the younger generation. This was echoed by DPhil students Mihika Chatterjee and Irina Fedorenko, from India and Russia respectively, who highlighted the striking levels of youth activism in emerging countries.
The subsequent discussion, chaired by Baroness Goudie, ranged over appropriate models of education, the salience of the informal sector in emerging economies and the scope for the promotion of young entrepreneurs. Summing up on the value of cross-disciplinary dialogue, Green Templeton College Principal Denise Lievesley identified the key question as how to create an environment in which young people are empowered.
The Emerging Markets Symposium is generously sponsored by the C& C Alpha Group.