Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, Laura F. Dogu
Managua, February 27, 2018
“This is the first time I’ve had a fixed job, with an eight hour Schedule.” These are the words of Sheira Richardson Natan, a 28-year-old young woman from Corn Island. “I’ve learned to make my own decisions, to solve problems, and to realize that there are things that I can resolve, without having to bring them up to management.” “In the future, I see myself being the manager of a hotel in Corn Island.” Sheira has worked since she was 17 years old, and before finishing the “Service Best” course, given by USAID’s and CANATUR’s Aprendo y Emprendo project, she only had temporary jobs. Her future and financial were uncertain. Today, she has permanent job and also a life plan.
Because of this, it’s my pleasure to participate in this RENET forum, as it represents the effort of many organizations: NGOs, technical training centers, universities and the private sector, working together to create opportunities and a better future for the youths of this country. This morning, we talk with the honorable Ambassador of Chile, Marisol Pérez Carranza, and RENET members, about how to also take advantage of trilateral cooperation opportunities. Without a doubt, this alliance will help expand the opportunities even further and open more doors for young people.
The people and the government of the United States through its programs, promote educational opportunities based on the culture of learning and entrepreneurship. Our data shows that like Shiera, more and more young people who opt for a technical career, are inspired to continue studying or to start a business. More companies are hiring young people, as a result of our program “talent wheel.” These companies have the confidence that the young people possess just as much technical ability as soft skills, in order to be at the top of the labor market demands.
I want to congratulate and thank RENET and all of the organizations that form it. Your commitment to helping more young people, like Shiera, have their dreams and life projects, is necessary so that they can make them a reality. Thank you very much.