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Chinese Ambassador Zhang Qingyang says the country’s poverty reduction efforts could be accelerated if the country engages an extra gear in the provision of vocational training.

Speaking when he exchanged notes with Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe at Capital Hill on Friday, Qingyang said the country has a youthful population hence technical skills development of the youths would create more entrepreneurs.

The Chinese Government will send in experts to conduct feasibility studies on the construction of some technical colleges and Mzuzu Youth Centre in the country.

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“Youths account for 80 percent of Malawi’s populat ion, hence it is vital to empower the youth and engage them in national development,” said Qingyang.

He acknowledged government’s initiative of establishing technical colleges a development, he said, will lead to the youths self dependence.

In April last year, government requested the Chinese Government, through the visiting vice Minister of Commerce, to support the construction of community colleges and Mzuzu Youth Centre.

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Minister of Labour and Manpower Development, Henry Mussa said the Chinese Government’s response is exciting as the construction of the technical colleges will complement government’s efforts of skills development.

He said other donors such as the World Bank, the European Union are also making huge contributions towards the skills development.

“We are getting exciting support from our development partners and the support from China is exciting because they will not just construct the colleges but also provide equipment expertise,” said Mussa.

Government launched an ambitious programme to construct rural based technical colleges that should be accessed by the youths who have no chance of tertiary education.

Some colleges have already been opened and various donors are expected to support construction and rehabilitation of national and community colleges to provide more access by the youths.

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