PRESIDENT PROBES PROBLEMS FACING YOUNGSTERS

ANGOLA: YOUTH/ANGOP/18/4/18 SABANews 1

President Joao Lourenco (right) receives leaders of National Youth Council (Pic. ANGOP)

LUANDA – Young people in ANGOLA have presented to President JOAO LOURENCO a number of issues they would like addressed for their economic empowerment.

They have told the national news agency, ANGOP, their lives will problems related to housing, technical and vocational training, employment, and credit lines are fulfilled.

ANGOP says President LOURENCO has received written submissions from the Chairperson of the National Youth Council and his delegation at State House in the capital, LUANDA.

ANTÓNIO TINGÃO MATEUS says their dialogue with the Head of State aims to help the ANGOLAN Leader understand the daily concerns of young persons in his country.

He says President LOURENCO has paid attention to their worries and has pledged to scrutinise them attentively before taking appropriate action.

Mr MATEUS also says his Council supports the introduction of the National Youth Plan, because it enables young people to take part in State programs of national development.

The National Youth Development Plan launched in 2014 aims to improve the living quality of the youth.

Mr MATEUS says his group is behind the PROJOVEM Project, a credit line meant to support young entrepreneurs, although they have issues with some elements of its operationalization.

Media reports say the ANGOLAN Government last JANUARY approved the creation of the Credit Line Regulation to Support Young Entrepreneurs.

The program, worth 24-MILLION US dollars and funded by the ANGOLAN Development Bank, would finance 226 youth projects at a maximum of 200-THOUSAND US dollars per scheme.

Youth and Sports Minister ANA PAULA SACRAMENTO has witnessed the dialogue between President LOURENCO and the young delegation at State House.

The ANGOLAN Cabinet member says her Ministry works with the National Youth Council to monitor the implementation of the pro-youth credit line./Sabanews/cam

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