The Minister of Youth, Sports, and Recreation, Kirsty Coventry has said that it was vital to give employment to youths as this has a direct impact on community development.
Her remarks come when a number of young men and women were employed to build a refrigerated packhouse and tomato paste factory inMutoko. Posting on Facebook, the former World Swimming champion said:
We employed young men and women from Mutoko to build a refrigerated packhouse and tomato paste factory that will add value to the farmers in this area. Most of the building materials were sourced and bought from the Mutoko area and this is the model we want to employ for all work done in Zimbabwe. We have plenty of youth looking for jobs and work experience and if we can provide them with this and support local businesses directly, our communities will flourish.
The technical and financial assistance was provided by International Labour Organization and the African Development Bank Group. Partnerships are key in helping us realize our goals. I would like to thank our partners and make it clear that we will remain transparent and accountable to ensure our ongoing successful relationship will yield results that can be expanded throughout Zimbabwe.
The unemployment rate in the country has been high as many companies closed citing increased costs of doing business.
Resultantly, many youths have crossed the country’s borders in pursuit of greener pastures.
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