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Putting young people at heart of growth

JUSTINAH KAPAMBWE, Lusaka
ONE of President Edgar Lungu’s passions since being elected into office has been to transform the livelihoods of youths as evidenced from the launch of the K470 million Multi-Sectoral Youth Empowerment Fund.
Launched on August 16, 2020, and targeting 150, 000 people, the programme has yielded positive results in terms of giving empowerment loans to enterprising youths.
The fund, which is a brain-child of President Lungu, aims at transforming the livelihoods of youths, with the help of the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development, which is implementing the project.
President Lungu has on several platforms reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that young entrepreneurs become the main drivers of Zambia’s economy.
To demonstrate his commitment to youth empowerment, recently, the head of State directed councils and the Ministry of Lands to avail land to young entrepreneurs to help mitigate the challenges youths encounter in accessing land.
Since the launch of the youth empowerment programme last year, the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development has bankrolled projects of over 118,000 youths out of the targeted 150,000 beneficiaries.
The youths have been empowered with loans, excavators, graders, wood-processing machines, fuel tanker trucks, Rosa buses, farm land and CLICK TO READ MORE



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