Youth and Sport Minister Vincent Mwale has urged young people in the country to take advantage of the Youth Development Fund which is being disbursed by his ministry.
Mr. Mwale said the fund does not belong to any political grouping but was meant to benefit all the young people who have viable projects.
He said government decided to come up with an empowerment fund in an effort to empower youths with finances.
He said this during the official opening of the national workshop on longitudinal study on the impact of the building young future’s programme being implemented by Barclays Bank and the United Nations Children’s Emergence Fund (UNICEF).
Mr. Mwale explained that the fund is decentralized and is being coordinated through the national and provincial technical committees.
Speaking earlier, UNICEF Country Representative Hamid El-Bashir said in a speech read for him by Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Joshua Kakaire that government should be commended for partnering with UNICEF and Barclays Bank in equipping the young people with entrepreneurship, marketing and financial skills.
And Barclays Bank Managing Director Saviour Chibiya said there was need for concerted efforts in ensuring that youths are economically empowered for them to contribute effectively to national development.
The young entrepreneurs drawn from across the country also showcased the different business ventures that they are engaged in.