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HARARE-- The Zimbabwe government is aware of challenges that the youth of the the country are facing and has lined up several programmes specifically targeted at improving their ivelihoods, says President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

He was addressing the inaugural national youth convention attended by thousands of youth from across the country in the Midlands Province capital, Gweru, about 280 kilometres from here, o Thursday, he added: As leaders, our burden is to build this country so that it creates opportunities for you. How do we do that? How do we achieve that?

"We must make sure we put up programmes in this country, programmes that help us modernise our country, modernise our agriculture, modernise our industry, modernise our commerce, modernise our infrastructure,

modernise our health sector and modernise our education sector. All those things will help us live better lives.

As Government we must create an environment where you can work, where you can improve your lives. That is what we are going to do and that is what we are doing.

President Mnangagwa, who had earlier on listened to representatives of the youth air their grievances and aspirations, said young people should take advantage of the various government programmes such as Command Agriculture to empower themselves.

He added that through the Empowerment Bank, the government had set aside 12 million US dollars for youth to access funding for projects. In addition, the government had secured 100 million USD from China to boost the small-scale mining sector, which was mainly dominated by youth.