Malawi is on the right track in investing in the youths for sustainable development, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emmanuel Fabiano has said.
In an interview on the sidelines of the 5th African Union-European Union summit in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Fabiano said Malawi is on the right track but more has to be done on intervention Malawi has already ignited.
“We need to intensify in investing the youth in whatever we plan to do, we need to give them education, proper training in various skills,” he said.
Fabiano said the introduction of community technical colleges is one way towards achievement of the accelerated inclusive growth and sustainable development.
He said most of the problems currently affecting youths in Africa are the same and it was good that the youth with one voice for their leaders together with the EU to find a way forward that will open up an opportunity to strengthen political and economic ties between the two continents.
In his opening speech, EU council President Donald Tusk, retaliated the common desire to invest in youth who constitutes the majority in the continent.
He promised to make life better for the youth if the countries need to be prosperous.
“You rightly expect that we listen to you as we discuss priorities and actions for the next years, and that we include you in their implementation, because it is you who will take them forward in the future. Our task as leaders is to take decisions that will make the future safer and more prosperous for all of our youth, both African and European,” he said.
The summit, coming under the theme ‘Investing in Youth for Accelerated Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development’, discussed the future of EU-Africa relations, and focus on investing in youth through peace and security governance including democracy, human rights, migration and mobility, investment and trade, skills development and job creation.