President Luis Abinader, while heading the First Congress on Ethics and Youth, organized by the Ministry of Youth, called on young people to become guardians of transparency, honesty and integrity, and for this to become a national obsession.
In delivering his remarks, President Luis Abinader urged young people to make a commitment to ethics, regardless of political, ideological or religious differences.
“I wish that you, youth from all political areas, from all sectors, from all of society, become guardians of transparency, guardians of integrity, that is fundamental,” said the head of state.
He added that he hopes that this first congress will become an annual tradition and that this year a commission representing all sectors will be formed to supervise transparency, ethics and honesty.
Acting with ethics and transparency
The President also emphasized that since taking office they have sought to establish these fundamental lines, not only to act with ethics and integrity, but also to be an efficient government.
“Acting with transparency, acting with ethics, the resources yield much more and many more problems can be solved”, said the head of state.
The activity took place in the facilities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIREX), with the attendance of around 400 young people from all over the country.
A reference for ethics and transparency
For his part, the Minister of Youth, Rafael Féliz, described the President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, as a true referent of ethics and transparency.
“From the cradle of the home of many young people we meet here, and from the UASD, which formed me, we dream of an era where being ethical, transparent and honest is recognized, and you are a true symbol of ethics and transparency”, highlighted Féliz García.
The official also acknowledged the positive receptivity, willingness and interest of President Luis Abinader, after receiving the proposal of the Congress of Ethics and Youth.
Regarding the objective of the congress, the minister made a reunion of figures of high reference of morals and ethics in the universe, belonging to different areas of society.
He also invited the young people to join in this exciting journey towards leadership, empowerment and democracy, “having as a ticket, ethics, the one that our people demand from us in these times we are living in”, said Feliz.
About the First Ethics and Youth Congress
The congress was born through the data offered in the 2017 National Multipurpose Household Survey, ENHOGAR, where 22.9% of young heads of household considered corruption as one of the main national problems, among other results. This, for Minister Rafael Jesús Féliz García, was a worrying data, so he got down to work for the creation of the “First National Congress of Ethics and Youth”.
These data are a consequence of the lack of training in social or civic ethics that prevails in the young population, which allows them to forget the importance of values and ethical principles provided by the family, and this does not allow them to become an essential part of the families they lead as heads of households.
Present were the directors of Ethics and Government Integrity, Milagros Ortiz Bosch; of Supérate, Gloria Reyes; the vice-ministers of Youth, Henry Domínguez; Francisco Santiago; Carlos Valdez; Vicente Luis De Peña; Endry González and Noeliz De Jesús; the university professor, former vice-rector of Extension of the UASD, Rafael “Nino” Féliz; as well as special guests.