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The Youth Enterprise Development Fund hosted a delegation from the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development in Malawi. The team of nine officials was led by Chief Director for youth Mr. Joseph Mwandidya. They were on a 5 days study tour to gain practical knowledge & experience on initiatives Kenya is implementing to develop adolescents and youth so that they can fully contribute to national development. The team were accompanied by officials from the Directorate of Youth Affairs in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs.
According to Mwandidya, the visit was prompted by the need to respond to social economic development issues and recommendations raised by young people during a nationwide consultation forum carried out early this year. The consultation was done to review its growth and development strategy II (MGDS II). “We acknowledge that Kenya has made tremendous strides in promoting skills development, provision of startup equipment and low cost capital to youth which has enabled them to actively participate in social and economic development. It is in view of this progress that we wish to learn and adopt some of the initiatives so as to enable our youth to venture into small and medium enterprises as well as make them more competitive in the job market”, he said.
Mr. Benson Muthendi welcomed the Malawi officials on behalf of the Fund. He said that the fund was honored to share its knowledge and experience in working with youth especially on the area of youth economic empowerment. “We are also keen on learning what Malawi is doing to address challenge of youth unemployment. We hope that the interactions we have today will be insightful especially considering that youth unemployment is not unique to Malawi but to Africa as a whole” he said.
This was the second time that the fund hosted a team from Malawi. The Fund has also hosted teams from Zimbabwe, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and Burundi.