President of Malawi Peter Mutharika has charged that the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) can only prepare for the future by investing in the youth in a manner that prepares them for the next generation.
Professor Mutharika said the way the youths plan and manage their resources today shapes the reality that the next generation must grapple with.
He said this in Lusaka yesterday in a key note address to the ongoing 20th COMESA summit of the heads of state and government.
He said the young people’s resources include human capital hence the need to consider them as a human resource capital as well.
Prof. Mutharika therefore said there is need to define the youths as an opportunity and not as a problem.
He explained that planning for production, distribution and consumption of the natural and financial resources must always put the youths at the centre stage.
The President of Malawi further said it was commendable that, as an organization, COMESA has begun to take measures for empowering the young people and creating job opportunities for them.
He said it was also commendable that various member states are taking active measures to address the youths’ question of unemployment.
Prof. Mutharika said by the nature of the mission and aspirations of COMESA, the youths agenda should inevitably be at the core of the organisation’s focus.
He further explained that the youths are an economic community that aspires to achieve sustainable economic and social progress in all the member states.
President Mutharika also said COMESA member states have agreed to attain this sustained development through economic integration.
He however said the idea of sustainability necessitates that COMESA members must inaugurate far-sighted plans and develop a human capital that will continue the vision.
Prof. Mutharika said the future into which the youths take the next generation is going to be different from the world in which COMESA exists today.