SADC youths sign declaration to solidify trade ties
By Nomagugu Konke
The Southern Africa Youth Business Forum signed a declaration to establish the forum as a yearly gathering of young entrepreneurs.
The declaration was signed by the Board Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Youth Chamber of Commerce Mr. Tinashe Ngirandi and Ms. Sibongakonke Dhlamini from the Kingdom of Eswatini Youth Council on the last day of the youth business forum.
The Zimbabwe Youth Chamber of Commerce Programs officer, Givemore Gwara said the youth business forum has progressed from being a Zimbabwean idea to a regional forum.
“The signing of the declaration means that we are making the business forum a yearly meeting; it is now more of an organisation.
“Zimbabwe is the Chair and Eswatini is going to be the deputy. The Zimbabwe Youth Chamber of Commerce has hosted this event but it is now a regional event, a forum for the southern region. Zimbabwe has birthed the idea that has led to the signing of a declaration for the youth business forum for the Southern Region.
“We are going to advocate for open trade in the member countries of the region, we are also going to advocate for cultural exchange,” said Gwara.
The secretariat for the Chamber, Mr Tanaka Mutangandebvu also said the chamber will encourage young entrepreneurs to engage authorities for policy discussions and decision-making.
“As a Youth-led chamber, we are going to work with the Government to make sure we encourage young people to collaborate because there is power in collaborations. Young people all over the country are collaborating in various ways in the economy so we want to bring all young entrepreneurs across Zimbabwe to empower each other and encourage partnerships in compliance with the laws and policies of the Government. We want to avail opportunities that are not availed to youth whether in rural or urban areas.
“We are so glad for the coming in of the Embassy of Botswana to attend the forum, Tanzania and South Africa who attended the event physically and also other Southern African Countries who were there virtually which has led to this agreement,” he said.
The Southern Africa Youth Business Forum is the first of its kind in the Southern region and was launched to focus on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).