Tanzania Entrepreneurship Competitive Centre Mobilisation and Promotion Manager, Abdul Juma told Ward Executive Officers from Dar es Salaam region that they have a crucial role to mobilise youth and sensitise them about their role in the industrialisation process.
“You need to prepare these youth to embrace and seize opportunities being provided by the industrialisation policy so that they should not be simply spectators,” Juma told the WEOs from the five municipal councils of the country’s commercial capital.
He said TECC will soon meet youth in the region to formally present to them a programme on opportunities available in the government’s economic blue print and also impart skills to ensure that they are competitive.
The TECC Manager further noted that alongside industrialisation is a string of business opportunities which should be seized by youth instead of complaining of unemployment. “Work closely with the youth and make them understand that the government is offering them economic opportunities under the industrialisation,” Juma underlined.
Under a special programme dubbed, ‘Kijana Jiajiri’ to equip youth with necessary skills and knowledge to be employed or get self employed in a competitive economy, the TECC has plans to expand the number of beneficiaries to include grass root local government officials.
One of the training program’s beneficiaries who is Keko WEO, Shamila Hassan said they had benefitted a lot of presenters who focused on how to engage youth in meaningful economic activities.
“These youth aged between 18 and 24 years when empowered to exploit the available opportunities, our country may end up having the largest group of rich entrepreneurs,” Hassan said.
Mbagala WEO, Elias Wawa said with the glaring problem of unemployment, youth who constitute the bulk of the unemployed after graduating from school at different levels, should know what opportunities are available in the economy.
“As grass root government officials, we should work with these youth in assisting them identify and exploit these available opportunities for their good,” Wawa said.
Kijana Jiajiri is a new national program for under- served young entrepreneurs across Tanzania, with the aim of playing a key role in addressing the growing youth unemployment crisis.
The program was prepared by the National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC), Youth Business International (YBI) a United Kingdom Trustee organization and Tanzania Entrepreneurship Competitiveness Centre (TECC).
TECC is a public private academia partnership (PPAP) as foreseen in the MKUKUTA II implementation arrangement, to create knowledge economy with skilled manpower and entrepreneurs and support local economic development through Public Private Partnership.
TECC was jointly formed in 2013 by the National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC), Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), and Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH).