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European Union for youth input in corruption fight

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By Rebecca Chimjeka:

European Union (EU) has said raising awareness among young people on evils of corruption is the only way the country can curb the malpractice.

Team Leader on Economic, Trade and Governance, Jose Maria Medina Navarro, says the young people’s participation in debates increase their awareness of corruption and other issues.

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He was speaking on the sidelines of a debate EU and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Malawi (Icam) organised recently.

“The debates have been organised among accountancy students under themes ‘Transparency and accountability’ and ‘Professionalism and standards’. The aim of the debates is to increase the softer skills among accountants such as public speaking, presentation and persuasion which are needed as accountants go up the ladder,” Navarro said.

Icam Chief Executive Officer, Francis Gondwe, said his organisation will do everything possible to inculcate the culture of financial discipline and ethical behaviour among students that are pursuing accounting as a career.

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He reiterated the need to have more assistance to the course so that the initiative can be an annual event.

Kondwani Butao, one of the students who participated in the debate said the initiative was important to the students as they are able to develop a reading culture and improve their communication skills.

The first debate was conducted in Blantyre and the second was in Lilongwe.

The winning teams from the four regions will battle it out in the semi-final and final in Lilongwe from May 2 to 3 May.

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