Most valuable asset of Eurasia region
PRINCE RADU OF ROMANIAPrince Radu of Romania delivered a speech on the first day of the sessions at the Eurasian Economy Summit in Istanbul, where he highlighted the power of young generations. Here is an extract from his speech:
Over the last decade I have been witness to the efforts of the Istanbul Eurasiatic Economic Summit in bringing together people, ideas and cultures, in building trust and understanding between our societies, and in making the rest of today’s world aware of the importance of the Middle East, South-Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Indeed, topics such as energy, forced migration and terrorism are crucial for all of us. And I know how much emphasis the summit will lay on these issues.
However, in this short speech I would like to talk about what I consider to be the most important asset for the development of our countries. As you well know, the younger generation is very numerous in most of the countries of our region. In Turkey, for example, of eighty million inhabitants forty-one per cent are under the age of twenty-five. We have to make sure that our young people receive a solid education and preparation for the demanding challenges of the present and those of the years to come.
In my country, one out of four young people goes to university and a large number of them study in the world’s most prestigious institutions. This has never happened before in the whole of our history. In addition, we have never had such a large number of young people travelling to and building a career in other countries around the world. I personally believe that our societies’ most important responsibility is to make sure that our younger generation receive a proper education and training, even if this means they have to live abroad for a number of years.
Furthermore, it will be crucial in years to come that we create economic projects attractive enough to make them come back and put into practice what they have learned elsewhere in the world.
Finally, the most important, but also the most difficult thing to achieve is to create conditions at home that will encourage them to return and spend the rest of their lives in their native country.
Our young people’s energy and creativity is priceless, immeasurable, and inexhaustible. I have been able to observe at close hand the way children, adolescents and young adults in my country react to the changes in our society and adapt to new realities. They are very quick to absorb new information and knowledge. They are also able, if informed and assisted, to become competent and productive.