Challenge placed on youth to seek viable opportunities
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YOUNG people have been challenged to transform their problems into viable business opportunities to act as solutions as well as curb the employment gap in the country.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder of Sahara Ventures, Mr Jumanne Mtambalike, made the remark recently at the AMUA Accelerator Demo Day, which is coordinated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in partnership with them through the support of DFID.

AMUA accelerator project is geared towards generating innovative solutions to sexual and reproductive health related challenges. As among the initiatives to mark this year’s International Youth Day commemorated each year on August 12, UNFPA decided to come up with the project.

“As young people, the best way to solve problems is to generate a business idea around it, this will make the situation more visible, viable and sustainable,” noted Mr Mtambalike.

He said that 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. He called upon young people to become innovate and develop solutions that focus on the development of the people and country at large.

The Country Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr Hashina Begum, was of the view that for young people to prosper, they need to get comprehensive information, mentorship and trainings.

“Where young people can get information, mentorship and training, they can transfer their ideas into innovate solutions, we should therefore build for them the capacity to transform challenges into useful remedies,” said Dr Begum.

On his part, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Tanzania, Mr Alvaro Rodriguez, noted that the generation of young people aged 10-24 is the largest in the history at 1.8 billion strong.

“According to the 2012 Census, 90 per cent of the young people live in developing countries like Tanzania, where 40 per cent of them are below the age of 15 years.

The other 19 per cent of the population is aged 15-24, making 63 per cent of them under the age of 24,” noted Mr Rodriguez. He observed that the particular statistics indicate a high dependency ratio because majority of the people are in the non-producing age structure.

He said that for Tanzania to realize its vision 2025 and become a middle-income economy, more emphasis should be placed on the need for the right policies and strategies to be put in place to enable the country’s age structure turn into an opportunity to reap the demographic dividend.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development committed to fostering peaceful and inclusive societies and affirmed that “Sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security”. Goal 16 aims to ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.

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