The National Youth Congress (NYC) has a new General Secretary. He is 30 years old Joseph Hika of Choiseul Province.

Hika begins his contract with the youth congress this week after signing his employment contract last Friday.

Hika before joining NYC has worked as the Program Support Officer at the Solomon Islands Resource Facility (SIRF) and also served as Sport Integration Coordinator of the Sol2023 Pacific Games. Previously he worked as the Deputy Coordinator for the Youth at the Work Program coordinating Gizo and Auki offices and Junior finance and administration for the Pacific community – Solomon Islands and Youth @ work. In his role as the General Secretary he will lead and manage the NYC secretariat: Programming, Program management, Problem solving (within resource available), Performance reporting, human resource management, Financial Accounting and Reporting, Planning, Donor-member-Public Relations.

Hika says as the new General Secretary he looks forward to work with all youth stakeholders, Developing partners and the SIG government to serve the young people of Solomon Islands.

“70% of our population are young people and these young people need to be heard, involved in all the socio-economic development of Solomon Islands.

It is my passion to assist young people to be a better version of themselves and be able to contribute to the nation,” he says.

Hika says there is nothing more powerful then having young people taking up leadership space in various sectors and areas. We need to provide avenues for our young leaders.

Hika has a Degree in Management, Public Administration & Economics from the University of the South Pacific.

During his study, he was fortunate to be appointed as the general secretary for the Management and Public Administration Student Association. In that role, he gained some of the necessary skills and knowledge required for working in a multi-cultural environment.

National Youth Congress executive congratulates and acknowledges the new General Secretary for accepting the offer.

The National Youth Congress is a Quasi-Government Organization responsible for the implementation of the Solomon Islands National Youth Policy and Strategic Framework for Youth Development and Empowerment through the Provincial Youth Councils, Constituency Youth Committees, Ward/Area Youth Committees, Church Youth organizations, Uniform Youth bodies and Youth Groups Etc.

One of the key functions of the National Youth Congress is to represent the interests, views and aspirations of young men and women, to the government and other stakeholders including donor/development partners.

The Solomon Islands National Youth Congress (NYC) was established in 1980 following the passage of the “White Paper” in Parliament. The National Youth Congress is a Charitable Organization and is registered under the Charitable Trust Act. The Government through the “White Paper” stipulated the formation of the National Youth Congress to administer and co-ordinate youth affairs.