Bank of Zambia (BoZ) Deputy Governor for Administration Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula says it is the desire of the Central Bank for young people in Zambia to have the right skill-set, knowledge and values to empower themselves economically through entrepreneurship, financial literacy, business development.

Dr Mabula says young people in the country have the potential to contribute immensely to the social and economic development of Zambia if only they can exert their energies to positive activities.

Dr Mabula notes that the children being future leaders if exposed with the necessary skills and innovation can transform Zambia’s economy.

She says the Central Bank will always strive to ensure programmes and policies place young people at the forefront of transforming the economy of the country.

The Governor was speaking in Lusaka today when she officially opened the 7th Junior Achievement conference dubbed, “Creating the future”

The Conference is organised by Teen Vision Trust under the auspice of the Junior Achievement Zambia and is dedicated to coaching young people by sharing knowledge and ideas through experiential hands-on programs.

The Governor has further commended the lead sponsor, Barclays Bank and the Junior Achievers Zambia for ensuring that young people are exposed to critical thinking, entrepreneurship, team work and financial literacy while at school.

She said the Bank of Zambia acknowledges the need for financial knowledge at a tender age in shaping the mindset and direction of young people.

And speaking earlier, Barclays Bank Managing Director Mizinga Melu encouraged parents and guardians in the country to ensure that young people were empowered with skills in key content areas of mentoring, entrepreneurship, financial responsibility and career readiness as they inspire to succeed in a global economy.

Ms Melu said parents play an important role in setting good examples for their children by teaching young people ‘smart’ habits at early stage.

Teen Vision Trust Board Chairperson Chibamba Kanyama disclosed that the coaching and mentorship programs would be rolled out to rural parts of Zambia so that children have an impact in the transformation agenda.

The conference held today at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre has attracted over 800 children who are benefiting from educational, mentorship and other career paths programs.

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