A call has been made for young people from across the country to partake and benefit from government’s programmes as it remains committed towards active and meaningful youth economic participation.

As the country embarks on its economic recovery trajectory, youth participation remains critical considering they constitute a significant proportion of the national population and labour force in the country.

The government says it is setting up incubation hubs and common facility centres to ensure young people are empowered with necessary skills that they create their own employment.

Speaking on the sidelines of the National Youth Consultative Forum in Harare today, the Minister of Women and Youth Affairs, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni said it is also important for young people to change their attitude and behaviour for them to become employable and contribute to the country’s economy.

Other speakers concurred that it is time for the government to start acting on tackling youth unemployment, access to finance and markets and ensure adequate working space for young people to be fully empowered.

The government has since promised to set up an empower bank to enhance financial inclusion of young people and is working on expanding vocational training centres in all districts for skills development.