Be in­no­va­tive, youths urged

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fari­rai Machivenyika Se­nior Re­porter

AFRICAN youths have an im­por­tant role to play in the de­vel­op­ment of their coun­tries’ economies and should play a role in de­fend­ing Africa’s ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity.

This was said by Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa in a speech read on his be­half by Min­is­ter of De­fence and War Veter­ans Af­fairs, Op­pah Muchin­guri-Kashiri while open­ing the World Fed­er­a­tion of Demo­cratic Youth African Re­gional Sum­mit in Harare yes­ter­day.

“As youths you have a fun­da­men­tal role in the de­vel­op­ment course of all our economies in Africa and in­deed in the world,” he said.

“I, there­fore, ex­hort you to play the front­line role in de­fend­ing Africa’s ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity as well as in­dige­nous knowl­edge sys­tems. You must be ac­tive play­ers in the moderni­sa­tion and in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion agenda of Africa through re­search, in­no­va­tion and en­ter­prise de­vel­op­ment.”

The Pres­i­dent chal­lenged the youths to lead in in­no­va­tion and com­ing up with strate­gies to add value to the con­ti­nent’s abun­dant nat­u­ral re­sources.

“In line with the African Youth Char­ter, which aims to strengthen, re­in­force and con­sol­i­date ef­forts to em­power young peo­ple through mean­ing­ful par­tic­i­pa­tion and equal part­ner­ships in driv­ing Africa’s de­vel­op­ment agenda; I urge you to ag­gres­sively search for strate­gic busi­ness part­ner­ships to ex­plore and ex­ploit the var­i­ous trade and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in Africa.

“We have a key role to play in global de­vel­op­ment and Africa can­not be ig­nored in the new eco­nomic world or­der,” Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said.

The sum­mit is be­ing at­tended by youths from 23 African coun­tries and 10 oth­ers from out­side and was or­gan­ised by the Zanu-PF Youth League and like-minded or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“I am con­fi­dent that this sum­mit will broaden your think­ing and per­spec­tives to­wards the re­al­i­sa­tion of a united and em­pow­ered youth.

“It is thus im­por­tant that you lever­age on the peace div­i­dend, the nat­u­ral re­source en­dow­ments on the con­ti­nent as well as the en­vis­aged in­te­grated trade and in­vest­ment syn­er­gies, driven by its own cit­i­zens who rep­re­sent a dy­namic force,” Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said.

He urged the youths to be in­volved in the for­mu­la­tion of poli­cies that en­able youth in­volve­ment in the po­lit­i­cal and so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of their coun­tries.

“Let us re­call that in our lib­er­a­tion strug­gles the youths of yes­ter­year paid the supreme sac­ri­fices for us to be free from po­lit­i­cal bondage.

“They are the heroes and hero­ines we will al­ways cher­ish and re­mem­ber for the roles they played for us to gain po­lit­i­cal in­de­pen­dence. It is now time for you our youths to make your own his­tory and be heroes in the new global eco­nomic epoch,” he said.

He called on the sum­mit to come up with rec­om­men­da­tions that would be com­mu­ni­cated to var­i­ous mul­ti­lat­eral in­sti­tu­tions in the in­ter­est of youths’ de­vel­op­ment.

“As a lis­ten­ing Pres­i­dent, my ad­min­is­tra­tion will con­tinue to foster youth de­vel­op­ment and in­clu­siv­ity in all spheres of lead­er­ship and gov­er­nance.

“We will en­sure that Zim­babwe pro­gres­sively works to­wards the at­tain­ment of the AU Agenda 2063 and the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals for the ben­e­fit of youth and all our peo­ple.”

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