CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has directed the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development to ensure that more women benefit from the motorised cargo tri-cycles youth empowerment scheme she launched yesterday.
Mrs Wina said Government will continue to implement initiatives which empower women, youths and other vulnerable groups in society.
She said this before handing over 100 cargo tri-cycles to youths of Matero Constituency in Lusaka.
“The cargo tri-cycles youth empowerment scheme we are launching today is within the action plan for youth empowerment and employment action plan launched in 2015 by President Lungu,” Mrs Wina said.
She said the launch of the scheme is premised on the fact that no meaningful development can be achieved without the involvement of vibrant and energetic youths who are in the majority of the country’s population.
Mrs Wina urged Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development permanent secretary Agness Musunga to ensure that many women benefit from the initiative.
She also said that Government, through the Street Vendors Empowerment Scheme, has loaned out K5 million to 2,225 young street vendors in Lusaka, Kabwe, Ndola and Kitwe as of December 31 last year.
“To further empower the youth, Government through the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) has developed a strategy to reserve 40 percent funds for financing youth-led projects.
“So far, over 594 youth-led projects out of 3,031 have been financed,” Mrs Wina said.
She said CEEC is also in the process of establishing industrial yards where young people will be given an opportunity to engage in various economic activities.
And Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Moses Mawere said the cargo tri-cycles will be distributed countrywide to enable young people to engage in entrepreneurial transportation ventures.
“Each province selected registered youth groups and cooperatives who will venture in transportation business using the tri-cycles,” Mr Mawere said.
He is confident that initiatives like the cargo tri-cycle scheme will help actualise the objectives contained in the youth empowerment and employment action plan.