TSN out to stimulate youth involvement in development plans

THE state-owned printing media company, the Tanzania Standard (Newspapers) Limited (TSN), and Vijana Connect (VC) have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which intends to communicate youth opportunities and stimulate their involvement in development plans.

TSN, the publishers of the ‘Daily News’, ‘Daily News on Saturday’, ‘Sunday News’, HabariLeo and HabariLeo Jumapili as well as the On-line edition, has the key primary responsibility to ensure the government’s policies and plans including youths are well interpreted.

The signing of the MoU is also in line with the goal number 18 of the 50 years African Continental Blue Print ‘The Africa We Want-2063’, which commands African Union (AU) members, states to actively engage and empower youths in development plans and strategies.

Speaking yesterday during the signing ceremony held in Dar es Salaam, TSN Business Development Director, Mr Lamau Mpolo said that through the agreement, the youth will be able to identify various opportunities in the country.

“As you know, TSN has a great responsibility to ensure that we disseminate information to a wide audiences including youths, meaning that the MoU will be fruitful,” Mr Mpolo, who signed the MoU on behalf of TSN Managing Director, Ms Tuma Abdallah, added.

He added that TSN has a great responsibility to identify all opportunities offered by the government, including development projects; the opportunities that he said can significantly improve the living standard of young people in the country.

In particular, he noted that through the agreement, both TSN and VC, in collaboration with other development stakeholders, have intended to ensure youths are fully involved and engaged in the development plans.

“We are determined to ensure youths are fully engaged in the development plans as the slogan of our MoU, which states ‘Our Nation, Our Development,” he pointed out.

Mr Mpolo further noted that youths who are also the nation’s workforce have a great responsibility to participate and be involved in the nation’s development plans.

For his part, Vijana Connect Chairman (VC), Advocate Hamza Jabir noted that VC is looking for various opportunities for youths to explore in both public and private entities.

He also described VC as the unique platform for the Tanzanian youth, saying it is a solution-oriented platform, and the bearer of the youth agenda in all issues affecting them.

The chairman also pointed out that the VC decided to cooperate with a state-owned newspaper, to narrow the information gap among youths. He said TSN has always been publishing various information that expose youths to access the available opportunities in the country.

He also highlighted six institution’s areas of focus including agriculture, leadership, environment, technology, business and health.

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