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Hon Nkandu Luo confers with the Secretary General of UNCTAD in Geneva

Minister of Higher Education Professor Nkandu Luo, has requested the United Nations Conference on Trade And Development, General Director Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi to consider supporting Zambia with its engagements on the establishments of Technological hubs through support to the Trainers of Trainers in the quest to  achieve sustainable Development Goals on education and in  turn impact on poverty alleviation through enhancement of Skills development amongst the youths and women. 

Professor Luo made the request when she paid a curtsey call on UNCTAD director-general Dr. Mukhisa Tituyi at his office in Geneva, Switzerland. Professor Luo is in Switzerland attending the 21st session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development.

She said, being in charge of higher education in Zambia, she believes skills development interventions such that they benefit both youths from the formal and informal. The skills to be acquired should be tailored for socio-economic development of Zambian youths and women.

Professor Luo indicated that it was important for Zambia to actively benefit from the UNCTAD by UNCTAD considering Zambia as one of the places to establish one of the Technological hubs. She emphasized that for this to happen Zambia needs to skill up its people appropriately. She also requested that UNCTAD considers Zambia for the Jack Ma project for the youths in order to facilitate training for trainers in technological advancements. Jack Ma project focuses on young Entrepreneurs to undergo intensive training exposure so that at the end of this training they can excel.

“We can make more use of the many delivery models that can benefit Zambia and partner in a more practical manner so as to catalyze a quick transformation of our young people from where we are now” professor Luo said.

Meanwhile UNCTAD General Director, Dr. Mukhisa Tituyi has reiterated UNCTAD’s commitment to helping countries like Zambia by using all means possible. Dr. Tituyi said the Jack Ma project is meant to help the youths through intense two-week programs and Zambian youths were welcome to participate.   

The Jack Ma project is recruiting across Africa entrepreneurs that already have the skill but want to build and market on what they have. He noted that the Zambian Youths who have applied will be assessed. The two-week intense programs on commercializing the skill that one has and the opportunities are in training of ICT logistics and Innovation.

By: Chiselwa Kawanda

Public Relations Officer

Ministry of Higher Education

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