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State urges youths to take leading role in entrepreneurship

SHIKANDA KAWANGA – Livingstone
GOVERNMENT has implored youths to take a lead in entrepreneurship activities in a bid to realise the vision of Zambia being a middle-income country by 2030.
Livingstone district commissioner Omar Munsanje said Zambia can only attain the status if youths are guided to venture in entrepreneurship.
He said this at a leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation youth seminar.
This was in a speech read for him by the district administration officer, Harriet Kawina
“It requires concerted efforts from all stakeholders to guide youths in leadership roles so that they can be future leaders and drivers of the economy,” he said.
Mr Munsanje said Government is convinced that youth leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation play a vital role in creating employment opportunities thereby improving the country’s economy.
“Youth participation in innovation and entrepreneurship activities can be beneficial for the people of all ages across societies and economies of this country,” he said.
Mr Munsanje said youths make up the largest part of the country’s population adding that the drive, interest and innovation of young people can impact positively on the country’s development.
He advised the youth to invest in education, skills training, sexual and reproductive health, among others, to widen their employment opportunity.
“Youths need to commit themselves to Government’s efforts to accelerate their inclusion in the economic, social and political arena. Youths should make meaningful contributions to decisions that shape their future,” he said
Mr Munsanje said Government has developed and implemented policies on youth entrepreneurship to accelerate youth participation and contribution to economic development.

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