Friday, October 25, 2013

Youth are Zambia's greatest resource, says Chikwanda
By Moses Kuwema
Fri 04 Oct. 2013, 14:01 CAT

FINANCE minister Alexander Chikwanda says youths should not be allowed to be wasting assets by getting involved in crime and other vices.

COMMENT - Then they need a good example to follow. Considering the current economy is based on giving away natural resources to foreign mining corporations, I don't see how any minister is in a position to chastise any youths for criminality. - MrK

Speaking yesterday when visiting Prince Edward paid a courtesy call on him at his office, Chikwanda said Zambia was faced with the challenge of turning the youths into a useful asset for the country.

"The youth of any country represent a great resource. The greatest resource the country has is people; people armed with knowledge, armed with skills... 70 per cent of our country are people 30 years and below," Chikwanda said.

He said Prince Edward's visit to Zambia to try and push forward a youth programme had a lot of meaning and that the Zambian government was grateful for the support. Chikwanda said Britain's support to Zambia was very significant at the moment.

"We have a four-year programme and it is worth emphasising that at the height of challenges in the economy, the UK government has never relented to support Zambia. It is up to us, Zambia, to make sure that we make full use of the support we get from UK because it comes from the hard-squeezed taxpayers in the UK for us to appreciate the sacrifice that the people of Britain make in order to help us," he said.

And Chikwanda told Prince Edward that Zambia and Britain's relationship had not been characterised by acrimony.

"We were your colony but now you handed over the responsibility to an independent Zambia. There has been no wrangle and our relationship has not been characterised by acrimony, fortunately," said Chikwanda.

Prince Edward, who is on a two-day working visit to Zambia, also met Vice-President Dr Guy Scott at Government House.

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