–Youths in Mkushi district have urged government to consider scaling up youth-owned enterprises in their pursuit for Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) funding.
Mkushi District Youth Coordinator, Bright Mumba, made the appeal through ZANIS, saying there was need for government to reinforce the CEEC terms of reference that pertain towards availing 40 per cent of the empowerment scheme for youth-owned enterprises.
Mr Mumba maintained that there was need for such a move to be effected, explaining that access to CEEC funding would go a long way in the consolidation as well as expansion of youth-owned enterprises.
He further noted that enterprises that are involved in secondary production such as processing and manufacturing would help in triggering off positive impact on agricultural produce.
Headded that such efforts would lead to value addition of primary produce such as crops, saying value addition on crops is amongst government’s major objectives.
Mr Mumba, who is also executive member of Strategic Youth Enterprise, stressed the need to ensure that more youth enterprises are considered for CEEC funding.
The youth coordinator noted that well founded and viable enterprises could create jobs for more people.
Mr Mumba expressed hope that the appeal would receive positive consideration from relevant authorities, adding that this appeal was in tandem with government’s overall objectives of creating favourable commercial climate for the growth of local enterprises.