Empowering Africa’s Youth Key to Economic Development-Mutharika

February 2, 2017 by Staff Reporter

President Prof. Peter Mutharika says the youths have an important role to play as they can contribute meaningful to the development of a country.

The President said he was happy that his government proposed the theme of the 28th Summit of Heads of state and government which was, “Harnessing the Democratic Dividend through investments in the youth,” and that it was adopted by the Union.

16472976_604977626378242_7363009601015940543_nMutharika said his government will ensure that government departments include in their strategic planning issues that involve the youths.

The President was speaking at a press briefing at Marriott Hotel, Addis Ababa, Tuesday at the end of the 28th Summit of Heads of state and Government of the Africa Union.

Mutharika said the theme of the summit was of great importance to the African continent as most youth in the continent are facing a number of problems, unemployment being one of them.

“The regional economic community, ECOWAS, SADC and other African bodies are encouraged to allocate more resources for various youth programs,” he said, adding that, there is a commitment in the union to create about 25 million jobs for the youths in the continent in the next three years.

On bilateral talks, the president said he met the president of the Republic of Tanzania Dr. John Magufuli and discussed of further cooperation between the two countries.

He said the two leaders agreed that they should be meeting regularly to discuss various issues that concern their countries as they are one.

The Malawi leader said they tackled on the Northern Corridor where if put in use the two countries can benefit as goods will be transported and delivered fast.

The governments of Malawi and Tanzania have agreed to continue with the mediation for the Lake Malawi issue.

The President also had talks with Zambian President Edgar Lungu on how the two countries can assist each other in the sector of trade, industry and energy.

They also discussed on Zambian need to construct a rail-way line from Zambia through Malawi to Mozambique.

The two leaders later tackled on the issue of wildlife especially on a place in Mzimba and the expansion of the Edingeni road to make trade easier for the two countries.-MANA

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