Youth unemployment, Masisi hit the ground running

Botswana’s new President His Excellency Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, set out priorities of his government in addressing the nation soon after being sworn in. He pointed out it was critical for government to redouble its efforts to optimise the participation of the country’s youth in the economy. Masisi said the youth, who make up 60 per cent of Botswana’s population, are future leaders, hence it was crucial to invest in them. Their success was the only guarantee of the country’s long term economic prospects. Masisi’s government, as a matter of urgency, will prioritise the implementation of a combination of strategies to stimulate accelerated economic growth. He noted scaling up access to technical and vocational education and training opportunities, promoting digitisation across both the public and private sectors, devising smarter ways of tackling the poor education attainment at every level, and ensuring that development financing institutions became more proactive and responsive so as to help government achieve goals of citizen economic empowerment initiatives.

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