Mining players have been challenged to follow the government route of empowering the youths by giving them opportunities to provide some of their ancillary services.

While mining is a fast growing industry by about 40 percent, lack of full knowledge of the sector on the part of the youths was the biggest disadvantage.

The sector has been recorded as the single biggest export earner with the potential to empower downstream industries as it is currently contributing about 16 percent earnings through over 50 percent of the foreign direct investments into the economy.

Speaking during the Young Professionals Forum at the ongoing 22nd edition of the Mine Entra, Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Cde Fred Moyo called upon mining industry operators to afford youths the opportunity to provide operational goods as a way of empowering them.

He challenged them to acquire relevant courses such as marketing, promotion and compliance with statutory bodies, advocacy, skills development, consultancy and project management if they are to make an impact.

The inaugural forum was organised for young people to come together and discuss topical issues associated with the mining industry while getting an opportunity to rub shoulders with established players.