24th May, 2017
AMBASSADOR CHIBANDA CALLS FOR INVESTMENT IN AFRICAN YOUTH
Zambia’s Ambassador to France Mr. Humphrey Chibanda has noted the urgent need for Africa to invest in its youth for the continent to take its rightful place on the world stage.
Speaking at the commemoration of the Africa Week held ahead of the Africa Day celebrations at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France on 24th May, 2017 under the theme: “Invest in African Youth,” Amb. Chibanda noted that unlike some parts of the world with an aging population, Africa had to urgently address the need to invest in its youthful population that made up about 60 percent of the continent’s population demographic.
“While this may be deemed a challenge to our continent and more especially our individual countries in Africa, with the right investments into our youth, this may turn out to be a huge opportunity for our continent,” Amb. Chibanda said.
He acknowledged the efforts by His Excellency President Edgar Lungu and the Government of Zambia in having launched the revised National Youth Policy and also the Action Plan on Youth Empowerment and Employment in 2015 to ensure that the Zambian youth were empowered and carried along in all programmes and activities by the Government and the private sector.
Amb. Chibanda further said he is gratified with the continuous warm relations that Zambia and Africa as a continent have continued to share with the rest of the world.
“This is a very important event for Zambia, us being part of the African family,” Ambassador Chibanda said.
Furthermore Amb. Chibanda said it would be imperative if the Youth where considered for decent jobs after having spent many years of education and thereby ensuring that they become good citizens.
The Embassy of Zambia in France, which is also a Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, joined the rest of Africa in celebrating Africa Week organized under the auspicious of UNESCO’s Africa Group ahead of May 25, the day of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963, the form-runner to the current African Union.
And during the 2017 Edition of the Africa Week, African Ambassadors accredited to France and Permanent Delegates to UNESCO came together to celebrate the event at UNESCO under the theme “Invest in African Youth”. This theme was arrived at following the African Union Theme “Harnessing Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth”.
The event had conferences, exhibitions and performances among others which Zambia took an active role organizing in the celebrations.
Amb. Chibanda, who is also Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, was the Chairperson of the Conferences Sub-Committee.
During the conferences a number of topics were discussed ranging from youth employment, youth entrepreneurship, dangers of youth migration and potential solutions among others. The presentations were given by both the youth and the adult experts.
Yande Musonda (Ms)
First Secretary- PRESS
Zambian Embassy Paris, France.