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President Lungu launches 2015 National youth policy and Action plan

Headlines President Lungu launches 2015 National youth policy and Action plan

President Lungu,Zambia based UN Resident Coordinator  Ms Janet Rogan , and Minister  of Youth and Sport  Vincent Mwale during the Launch of the 2015 Youth policy and Action plan
President Lungu,Zambia based UN Resident Coordinator Ms Janet Rogan , and Minister of Youth and Sport Vincent Mwale during the Launch of the 2015 Youth policy and Action plan

President Edgar Lungu has launched the 2015 National Youth Policy and Action Plan on Empower and Employment which he says must result in the creation of more than 500,000 jobs for the youth by the end of 2016.President Lungu described it as a momentous and historic day for the government as the launch of the 2015 Youth Policy is the first ever action plan for Youth empowerment and employment.

President Lungu said the Launch of the two documents marks an end of an era of politics that promotes handouts and rhetoric that succeeds only on scoring short term political mileage at the expense of long term sustainable national and youth development goals.

Speaking during the launch of the two documents in Lusaka this morning, President Lungu said the 500,000 jobs will be created through implementation of the national apprenticeship and internship schemes which should create employment for the unskilled youth within participating companies, expansion of low interest credit facilities targeting new and growing youth-led enterprises, and provision of ongoing business support services including mentorship to youth-led businesses.

The President has directed all line ministries and sectors to offer preferential treatment to qualified youth -led enterprises in awarding contracts and in the public procurement process.
He also directed the Ministry of youth and sport to be pro-active in ensuring that there is proper coordination of youth empowerment programmes across all sectors.

President Lungu said he expects the Ministries of Finance and Youth and Sport to work together on the modalities of achieving this.

The Head of State has since directed all State and non State actors to immediately start mainstreaming youth empowerment at all levels.
He has also reiterated his call to the youth to reflect on their obligations, responsibilities and contributions towards national development, as government continues to create opportunities for youth empowerment.

Speaking earlier, UN Zambia Resident Coordinator Janet Rogan commended the Zambian government for launching the National Youth Policy and Action Plan to coincide with the International Youth Day which falls today under the theme “Youth Civic Engagement”.

And Youth and Sport Minister Vincent Mwale has observed that by personally officiating at the launch of the Youth Policy and Action Plan, President Lungu has demonstrated his commitment to addressing issues affecting youths in the country.

22 COMMENTS

  1. Bravo ECL, further let’s help these youths by reducing the drinking hours. Youths are spending valuable time in bars. It’s unacceptable to have people drinking 24/7.Together we can do it mr President.

    • Am sure if there is money to be disbursed mwanakatwe will she she is a youth and had a bankable business plan to borrow and never repay

  2. It is difficulty to identify “Youths” in Zambia. The youth we know are at bus stations, called ba Kaponya. Then those ba kaponyas are either PF or opposition. We only evaluate if that 500,000 well swallow all the kaponyas so we have peace in bus stations.

  3. Bravo ECL further let’s help these youths by reducing the number of drinking hours. Youths are spending valuable time lazing about in bars and taverns. It’s unacceptable to have people drinking 24/7. Together we can do it mr President.

  4. Analysing is not a problem. Implementing is the headache. This is just a print prepared to gather dust in office. Creating half a million jobs,whether directly or indirectly within the analysed timeframe is, mark my words, just a pipedream.

  5. Thank you your excellency for this noble and genuine undertaking. We the youth are solidly behind your leadership as we are very aware that you also young and know what is best for this country. We shall take up the mantle, be innovative and work extremely hard to ensure we start creating wealthy and consequently sustainable jobs for ourselves and those to come after us.
    Yes we knew from day one that you are true and serious President Zambia has ever have. The majority of the Zambia’s populations is us the youth and we sincerely believe trust and believe your leadership and be rest assured you have our total support now and beyond 2016 as we see our country transform into a place where every serious person want to be.
    The opposition has nothing and will never offer anything but empty…

  6. Viva president Lungu youth empowerment is the engine of any country that is economically successful and make sure that this do not end on paper

  7. zambia has started importing power from ……………………..same river others have low water levels

  8. “Speaking during the launch of the two documents in Lusaka this morning, President Lungu said the 500,000 jobs will be created through implementation of the national apprenticeship and internship schemes which should create employment for the unskilled youth within participating companies.”

    Are apprenticeship and internship schemes “employment” opportunities really??

  9. Comment: Good move let govt circulate this document to all district commissioners offices country wide with community development offices with such copies in line with decentralisation policy,

  10. This document will gather dust in these office. All this just shows desperation and panic by pf thugs. Come 2016 nothing will make people not to chuck you out of gvt. Time is ticking and who can you cheat that you will create these jobs….????

  11. CHANGE THE MINISTER OF SPORT AND YOUTH REVERT IT BACK TO KABWILI SURELY THE ATMOSHERE SHOWED AT MULUNGUSHI FIND SOMETHING ELSE SUITABLE FOR VINCENT HE SURE IS MISPLACED AND CAN NOT MARSHALL THE MUCH NEEDED YOUTHS

    CHANGE ALSO THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION HE IS ALSO MISPLACED AND IS NOT OFFERING MUCH NEEDED DIRECTION IN THE SECTOR

    2016 WILL BE A CRITICAL ELECTION BASED ON PERFORMANCE AND SOUNDNESS

    YOU WILL NEED MINISTERS WHO WILL REACH ALL CORNERS TO ENSURE SUPPORT CHANGE THE TWO AND FIND SOMETHING USEFUL FOR THEM OTHERWISE NO ASSURING

  12. Today’s young leaders will be tomorrow’s decision-makers. Developing new generations of active and engaged citizens is key to building democratic stability and future leadership

    ITS CLEAR THE PRESIDENT IF THE CURRENT POSITIONING CONTINUES HE WILL LOOSE 2106 ELECTIONS HE IS LOOSING GROUND AND ITS TIME HE SAW AND POSITIONED ACCORDING

    REVERTING MWALE TO INFORMATION AND KAINGU REPLACEMENT WILL INSTILL CONFIDENCE OTHERWISE THE YOUTH PLAN LAUNCH WAS AN EYE OPENER FOR THOSE WHO READ POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT ARROUND THE COUNTRY

    THE MESSAGE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE ABOVE CREATE A TIME OF ASSURING MINISTER WITH CONFIDENCE AND NOT LEAVING PEOPLE TO WONDER

    CHANGING SOME MINISTERS AND…

  13. ESPECIALLY YOUTH AND EDUCATION WILL INSTILL CONFIDENCE FOR 2016 RATHER LAUCHING A YOUTH PROGRAMME AFFECTING ALL YOUTHS SHOULD CREATE YOFOLIA IN THE YOUTHS NOT ONLY THOSE IN ATTENDANCE BUT ACCROSS THE COUNTRY IT SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED ACTVITIES IN THE REGIONS AND FINALLY THE CLIMAX BY THE PRESDO BUT THIS WAS NOT THE CASE AND THEREFORE ACCEPTANCE AND BUYIN WILL BE DIFFICULT

  14. I can’t make out the first word in the green pamphlet Vincent is holding. Is it Katongo plan of action? It looks like ka-something.

  15. This is a man taking the right steps to bring real development to Zambia, not some perpetual poll reject that is enticing chibuku drinking cattle rustlers who are members of the United Pangas to cause trouble and begin hacking innocent bystanders..well done ba President Sir, well done indeed..these are the practical steps needing to improve the lives of the youths in Zambia..I dont think there is any other President in the whole of Africa that has shown such commitment to addressing the plight of the youth..ECL is the man!

    Nomba ni EL2016

  16. This is a project that started a long time ago. Remember the Minister mentioned late Dr Kwesigga who was with ADB. The challenge has always been with implementation. Leadership has to structure a system that will organize & educate the people so that people will work together towards right goals. Divisive utterances don’t build, neither does blind hero-worshiping. People used to sing praises to KK until the country crushed completely, otherwise, we’d have been far by now.

  17. well i think the programme is a little too late .We should be forward thinking and i feel it should have been the launch of the 2017 .However there has to be a starting point.This would be the start i hope of better things to come for the youths.I know what is on paper must be great ,what is better is implementation

  18. We are working on a project with my fellow youths and we have seen that a lot of young people in Zambia have great dreams, Vision, goals and mission statement but the don’t have people who can help them or who can fund them. I thank what the president has done for the youths of this Nation Zambia of fund and helping us to start doing something in life. And I believe that the funds the we are looking for our project will find them. The name of the project is LYCO which stand for Life of a Youth Christian Organisations .
    VISION: I see young people knowing God, stopping substance abuse alcohol and drugs. Becoming business men and women and becoming entrepreneurs.
    GOAL: seeing young people achieving in life, helping oprhans and seeing youths stopping substance abuse like alcohol and drugs.

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