President Uhuru Kenyatta has conceded that Kenya and Africa have yet to exploit the vast untapped resource that is young people.
He said that African countries should prioritise investment in youth programmes to achieve maximum development.
The continent, he explained, has highly innovative and skilled youthful manpower, which, if properly deployed, could boost the world economy.
Speaking at State House, Nairobi, when he hosted his German counterpart, Frank Walter Steinmeier, who is on a State visit, President Kenyatta said Kenya was keen on benefiting from technology transfer.
“We always look at Africa and at its resources that lie below the ground but I want to assure you the greatest resource we have is not what is below the ground, but it is the men and women that God has given us who, given an opportunity, can help transform the world.”
Besides technology, the President said he envies the Germany culture and was pursuing avenues for more people-to-people interactions to enrich cultural values.
“Kenya is a country of great diverse and rich culture and we have no intention of losing it, but Germany, too, is a country bestowed with a deep and rich culture. These cultures should not be antagonistic to each other but should be a source of joy and deeper partnership between our two people,” he said.
The President, who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga, said Kenya would continue working closely with Germany for global peace, stability and security.
He pointed out that economic prosperity could only be achieved if nations could co-exist peacefully.
“We live in a difficult neighbourhood but we also know that to survive and to prosper we need to work with our neighbours. Germany, too, believes that to survive and prosper it cannot do it alone you need partners,” he added.
President Steinmeier said the world was faced with a myriad of challenges that could largely be solved through partnerships.