By Panashe Gwesu
One of Zimbabwe’s prominent student organizations, Dynamic Thought Leadership (DTL), led by Bezil Sire, a psychology student at Great Zimbabwe University, is gearing up to host its second National Youth Leadership Summit on the first day of November in Masvingo.
Themed “Empowering Africa’s Youth to Drive Economic Growth through the African Continental Free Trade Area” (AfCFTA), this summit aims to bridge the gap between education and the workplace by providing African youths with essential leadership, entrepreneurial, and business skills.
Sire, the executive director of the event, envisions a better future by fostering employment and encouraging youth involvement in creating economic value.
“The National Youth Leadership Summit, organized by Dynamic Thought Leadership, seeks to empower African youths with practical leadership, entrepreneurial, and business skills, nurturing a generation that not only finds employment opportunities but also contributes to economic growth,” Sire said
The summit plans to achieve its goals by bringing seasoned entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, and thought leaders to the forefront.
These accomplished individuals will provide pragmatic insights and skills, garnered from their experience of establishing and running businesses, to guide the growth of the youth.
With a focus on this quarter’s theme of economic growth through the African Continental Free Trade Area, the event aims to establish a unified continental market for goods and services, encourage the unrestricted movement of business professionals and investments, and fast-track the establishment of the Continental Customs Union and the African customs union.
“This summit offers the advantages of expanding intra-African trade, resolving challenges related to multiple memberships, hastening regional and continental integration, and boosting industry and enterprise competitiveness through scale production, market access, and efficient resource allocation,” he said
Youths from diverse backgrounds across Zimbabwe, including students from Great Zimbabwe University, University of Zimbabwe, Midlands State University, Women’s University in Africa, Chinhoyi University of Science and Technology, National University of Science and Technology, and Christian College of Southern Africa, will participate in the event.
Formed in February 2020, the organization boasts an array of executives representing various tertiary institutions.
These include Mike Ciber as the associate director, Tauya Chinama as the operations director, Dr. Takavafira Masarira Zhou as the advisor, Tafadzwa Kanhema as the director of brand development, Morgan Tatsvarei as the secretary-general, Gracious Phiri as the leadership development director, Learnmore Munhangu as the director of resource development.