Women, youth driving engine towards Agenda 2063

Patricia Kapulula, Mana, Lilongwe. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has said paying attention to vulnerable groups such as women and the youth has potential for direct benefits towards the Agenda 2063 which can accelerate the country's development.

UNDP Resident Representative, Shigeki Komatsubara, told journalists in Lilongwe on Tuesday along the sidelines of a Malawi African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Consultation on Women in Trade.

He said what UNDP was already doing, together with government, about training, information, skills development and access to finance for youth and women was something which would have a significant impact on them getting the maximum of new opportunities.

Komatsubara said despite protection and empowerment that women and youth are accorded, there was need to pay attention to them in order to attain the much-needed growth the country needs.

He appealed to women and youth to get organised and use the existing AfCFTA opportunities.