The youth have been challenged to be the vanguard of Zimbabweâ€™s economy by taking part in business initiatives that contribute towards the countryâ€™s gross domestic product.
This was said by the Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, while addressing thousands of youths that jam-packed Mucheke stadium in Masvingo to celebrate the International Youth Day.
“As the youth, you must actively partake in economic activities and contribute towards the country’s GDP,” said Cde Kasukuwere.Cde Kasukuwere said as future leaders, the youth must take the indigenisation and economic empowerment initiative to productive levels for the economic prosperity of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe Youth Council chairman, Hamilton Pazvakavambwa said the youth are an important cog in the economic engine of this country and thus, they ought to be allocated at least a 25% share in every sector of the economy.
“We require that youths are allocated at least a quarter share in all sectors of the economy to ensure their maximum participation in economic initiatives,” said Pazvakavambwa.
The International Youth Day is celebrated on the 12th of August every year. The day was designated by the United Nations in 1999 and is an opportunity for governments and stakeholders to draw attention to youth issues worldwide.
This yearâ€™s theme was â€œDialogue and Mutual Understandingâ€.
The International Youth Day celebrations coincided with the publicity drive of the African Youth Charter.