The President, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, introduced the National Youth Service (NYS) as a catalyst for youth development in the country.
Dr Chakwera was speaking at the grounds of Chikonde Primary School, Neno, during the launch of the NYS.
The Malawian leader said the launch of the NYS is the fulfillment of one of the key promises he made during the election campaign in 2019.
Dr. Chakwera noted that the country has more young people who are not employed despite formal training.
He then clarified that the NYS comes into effect to empower young people so that when their mindset changes and skills are imparted, they will become a national treasure ready to serve the nation and create jobs for others.
He said the government will work to create an enabling environment for small and medium enterprises to thrive and added that the National Economic Empowerment Fund (NEEF) prioritizes youth groups or cooperatives, hence the allocation of more than K3 billion in the national budget.
The president assured residents of Neno that the government will ensure food is available in light of Tropical Storm Ana and Gombe that hit the country earlier this year.
Speaking earlier, Minister of Youth, Richard Chimwendo Banda highlighted the importance of National Youth Services.
He said that young people during the program will receive start-ups to establish themselves in business.
He added that the uniqueness of NYS is that every young Malawian, regardless of political affiliation, will be catered for.
The event was spiced up with traditional dances, comedy, poetry and performances by the Ligowe Youth Band and urban music artist, Eli Njuchi.
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