SADC and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) are running a tripartite workshop in Harare aimed at knowledge sharing and capacity building for youths in the rural economy.

The workshop is running under the theme: ‘Rural Transformation in SADC Countries.’

ILO Director, Hopolang Phororo said focus will be aligned with priorities of the SADC Youth Employment Framework, namely: creating decent jobs for youths, improving entrepreneurship opportunities and enhancing youth participation.

Another objective of the workshop is to deliberate on rural transformation by shaping the future of young people in remote areas through the participatory approach.

The workshop is going to interrogate ways to mitigate income gaps between urban and rural areas as well as how to curb rural urban migration.

The SADC region has a very young population, with 75 percent of the overall population being below 35 years of age, this demographic dividend can provide the region with a huge economic leverage which can be exploited for the growth of the economy.