Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has launched a robust entrepreneurial program engineered by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), which aims at creating more than one million jobs by the next one year.
The program, dubbed the Kenya Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program (K-YEEAP), aims to partner with the government and leverage the usage of technology to help create income-generating avenues for millions of jobless Kenyans.
Speaking during the event, the DP noted that such an ambitious program was long overdue, lauding the private community for being concerned with the interest of the Kenyan youths.
“This morning I am honoured to preside over the launch of the Kenya Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program (K-YEEAP),” said DP Gachagua.
“The Kenya Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program is an idea whose time has come. If done in partnership with our TVET institutions, it can also play an important role in bridging the gap between training and industry,”
Gachagua also promised that the Kenya Kwanza government would work closely with the private sector to ensure the success of the program while assuring the sector players that the Kenya Kwanza government was committed to creating an enabling environment.
“Partnerships between the Government and the private sector will be a key determinant in delivering jobs and opportunities to our youth. The Kenya Kwanza government will provide a friendly environment to make sure this happens for an equitable and inclusive society,” said the DP.
“The Program will leverage Technology and Digital Transformation, which will enable our Youth to be active participants in the Global Digital Revolution,”
Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts, Ababu Namwamba, who also attended the event, said that the youths constituted a significant part of Kenya’s population, hence the need to invest in them to realize their potential.
“With 75% of the population below the age of 35, we are a definitely youthful nation. It is a demographic reality that offers us the opportunity to rip off a demographic dividend,” said Namwamba.
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