The plans of President Prof. Peter Mutharika towards the Youth as listed in his Tuesday State of the Nation Address has impressed the United States (US) Government, according to US Ambassador to Malawi, Janine Jackson.
Mutharika’s dedication to ‘youth development’ was in line with the desire of President Obama of promoting the youth of the Africa, Jackson told journalists. “I am very interested in the president’s dedication to youth development,” Jackson said after the President’s address at the opening of the 45th Session of Parliament.
“That happens to be our President’s priority on the continent of Africa too and we just sent 9 young Africans to the United States to participate in President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. We are really pleased that this government is also committed to youth Development.”
It was disclosed by Jackson that President Obama had invited Mutharika to an African Leaders Summit to be held in the first week of August in the US under the theme ‘Investing in Future Generations of Africans’. President Mutharika, in his address, said his government would emphasize on effectively harnessing the potential of the youth and equipping them with knowledge and skills necessary for their full participation in the social, cultural, economic and political development of the country.
Mutharika added that his government would establish new vocational and business training centers for vendors besides creating new opportunities for soft loans to enable the youth to start their own businesses.
“These initiatives will encourage our youth to develop a mentality towards non-white collar jobs and be prepared for self-employment and entrepreneurship,” said Mutharika.