TOURISM and Hospitality Industry minister Prisca Mupfumira says there is need to nurture youths in order to get them to develop society through different platforms such as tourism. Mpfumira was speaking at the official commencement for preparations of the second edition of the Africa Youth in Tourism conference in Harare yesterday. She said youths were important in social economic development.
“Youths with a sense of belonging and responsibility are more constructive citizens. The government does not just realise the potential of young women and men as leaders of tomorrow but is also cognizant of the role for socio-economic development. We need to nurture our youths to play a critical role in eradication poverty and participating fully in the development of societies through different platforms including tourism,” she said.
She said, “My ministry, together with the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation, has recognised the potential of our youths in driving the social and economic wellbeing in our societies, job creation as well as poverty alleviation... With a young vibrant generation well educated and equipped with new innovations, there is no doubt we can have a bright and prosperous future. Tourism policies and frameworks are already in place to support and encourage youth participation in tourism projects.”
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