‘Ball is in your court’ . . . Minister challenges youths

29 Sep, 2022 - 00:09 0 Views
‘Ball is in your court’ . . . Minister challenges youths Minister Ndhlovu


Paidamoyo Bore

ENVIRONMENT, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndhlovu, has urged young people to bring their ideas to life and help the transformation of industries.

Speaking at the second edition of the Tourism Innovation Challenge awards in Harare yesterday, the Minister said the Government fully supports youths willing to foster development and innovation.

“The Government believes that youths have the capability to proffer ideas that can turn industries around.

“It is also committed to youth participation in the economy and has created an environment for the youths to innovate and make Zimbabwe’s tourism better through the various Innovation Hubs that have been established in our State universities across the country,” said Minister Ndhlovu.

He encouraged young people to develop a keen interest in Government programmes, which come with opportunities, which will change their lives.

He said the competition aligns with the Government’s drive on innovation, which places the youths at the core of the country’s innovation programmes.

“The National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) has an entire section dedicated to innovation, science and technology development.

“It presents various areas that are more aligned to the youth and innovation has been deliberately included as a critical component to unlock youth potential for Zimbabwe to realise its full economic potential,” he said.

He advised the youths to use digital platforms to promote tourism, and other sectors, rather than using it for unproductive things.

“The youths are the most technology-savvy generation.

“They spend much time online so I would advise you to take the opportunities it presents you and participate in the development and growth of the tourism sector and the country’s economy at large.

“I challenge you to use your digital skills to market Destination Zimbabwe online and change our tourism narrative to a positive one.”

He challenged banks and other multi-stakeholders to support the tourism sector in mentoring youths and developing their ideas into bankable ones.

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