By Samuel Pascoal
PRIME Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says the Namibian economy does not have enough jobs to absorb all unemployed local youth hence there is a need for the country to harness entrepreneurial talent among the youth.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says this is vital for employment and inclusive growth especially in the current economic recession.
The Prime Minister was speaking at the inaugural City of Windhoek’s Boys and Girls Leadership Conference recently.
The initiative is aimed at affording the youth with the opportunity to learn from selected guest speakers, pundits in different fields, as part of the city’s ‘catch them while they are young’ strategy.
According Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, the need for entrepreneurial promotion has prompted government to shift its policy focus from skills and civic training to youth entrepreneurship.
“This change in the policy agenda is clearly visible in the Harambee Prosperity Plan and National Development Plan-5, which put considerable emphasis on youth empowerment and entrepreneurship, as a means of generating employment, increasing productivity and enhancing economic growth,” said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
Affirming government’s commitment to the youth entrepreneurial development, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila disclosed that the Youth Entrepreneurship Policy is already in draft form.“In promoting youth entrepreneurship, it is important that our efforts aimed to encourage the growth of sustainable enterprises include cooperatives and social enterprises in rural and urban areas.
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