Under the patronage of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the Second Youth Guidance and Counselling Forum kicked off with participation of a large number of ministers, senior officials, business people and youth. In his inaugural speech, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Ahmad Abdulmohsen Al-Mulaifi advised youth to build their knowledge capacity and to increase their skills to cope with the requirements of the rapidly developing labor market. He underlined that youth should be ambitious and having plans to achieve their goals in life. The Minister said that the government will offer all support to youth and to enrich their skills to qualify them to succeed in their practical life and to better serve their homeland. For his part, Minister of State for Housing Affairs Yasser Hassan Abul echoed a similar view. The government will harness all potential to encourage and help youth achieve prominence in their work, he said. He also highlighted a number of the initiative launched by the government to help youth have their own businesses or work in the private sector. The Minister said that the public institutions are also in need of employees for some posts that require certain specialties, skills or educational certificates. He urged youth to try to join these specialties with the help of the government. The three-day forum, themed "Guiding Youth Toward Better Professional Future," aims to guide young citizens on how to choose studies and specialize in domains most wanted in the domestic employment market. The event, with the logo, "We are with you," is held under supervision of the United Nations Development Programme. It brings together experts, students, along with officials from the public sector and executives from the private sector. Some participants in the forum will talk about their personal professional experience and students will be furnished with various studies and researches to help make proper selection of their studies "in harmony with the Kuwaiti labor market requirements."