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HARARE, Feb 24– Zimbabawe’s President Robert Mugabe has marked his 90th birthday with a call to the nation’s youth to embrace the country’s economic blueprint, Zim Asset, as it is the vehicle to liberate Zimbabweans economically.

The Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio- Economic Transformation, or Zim Asset, is the economic blueprint which will guide the country’s economy for the next four years.

Speaking at the 21st February Movement celebrations at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera in Mashonaland East Province Sunday, President Mugabe said Zim Asset was the tool to ensure that Zimbabweans achieved total emancipation in line with the election manifesto of the ruling Zanu-PF party, which emphasized on the need for people to enjoy the benefits of their resources.

“Today’s commemoration of the 21st February Movement (which celebrates Mugabe’s birthday) marks a new era as the government is implementing the Zim Asset blueprint. It is my hope that our young people share the vision of the government, which is to grow the economy,” he said.

He added that the success of the economic blueprint hinged on the youth, adding that they should share a vision with the government of growing the economy and it could not succeed without their empowerment.

“If Zim Asset has to make the economy grow, it indeed is crucial for the youth to own it, support it, drive it and anchor it. Should the economy grow, should the economy develop, that should result in the desired youth employment,” he said.

President Mugabe voiced concern over the high levels of unemployment in the country and said there was a need for youth to be trained in entrepreneurship skills and become employers. “Youth unemployment since independence has remained one of our major challenges that call for an urgent and lasting solution,” he said.

Source: NEW ZIANA

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