MINISTER of Labour, Manpower Development, Youth and Sports, Francis Kasaila has said the youth in the country should venture into entrepreneurship and not just wait to secure white collar jobs.
Speaking on Friday in Zomba, when he opened the first ever trade fair organised by Centre for Free Market Business Enterprise aimed at promoting youth business enterprise, Kasaila observed that it is high time the youth started walking the talk as future leaders.
“You should start creating jobs for yourselves through venturing into business enterprises. You should get skills in entrepreneurship management to uphold government’s vision of establishing community colleges,” he said.
Kasaila also revealed that government through the African Development Bank and Youth-Net Finance Loan would soon roll out a job creation programme for youth entrepreneurs, where they would be trained in business skills and they will be considered for loans to start business ventures.
The minister also said it is through the youth that the country can develop, adding that soon government would launch a community college in Zomba as part of encouraging the youth to be self-reliant.
Peter Yakobe, Executive Director for Centre for Free Market Business Enterprise, said his company believes a prosperous Malawi, through youth entrepreneurship, is possible.
Yakobe asked government to consider investing in young people to transform the country’s economy in the coming 50 years in line with the African Union agenda 2063.
Zomba District Trade Officer, Noel Shema, observed that the trade fair created an opportunity for both traders and buyers to interact and that the customers would have the chance to ask questions on products and services offered by participating organisations.
Shema also hailed the idea of investing in the youth because they are future leaders and an active section of the population that can help to transform the economy in future.
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