Kitui Governor Dr. Julius Malombe (EGH) launched the Plug Mtaani Vijana 2Invest initiative – a business idea competition designed to nurture young entrepreneurs by providing them with soft skills and business plan development training in the country.
In his speech, the Governor termed the competition a *”powerful testament to the collective commitment of the County Government of Kitui and the National Government towards empowering the youth and advancing the society”.*
The Governor said the plan is also a reflection of *Kitui’s dedication to the 16 point development agenda which lays strong emphasis on supporting Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises to identify and nurture local talents across various sectors.*
He pointed out that Kenya faces a serious youth unemployment problem and needs to introduce initiatives to curb the challenge.
“At county level, we have approved our participation in this competition through the Ministry of Trade, MSMEs, Innovation and Cooperatives in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Youth, ICT, and Sports & Social Services to spearhead this initiative”.
The county chief further *asked the youth to believe in their cause and assured them of his government’s unwavering support* to enable them shine, innovate and turn their dreams to reality.
The Vijana 2Invest program was unveiled by the National Government in partnership with counties to foster the spirit of innovation, resilience and determination among the youth in Kenya.
On the county’s development path, Governor Malombe said he was focused on realizing a legacy of a people with a positive mindset keen on improving the county for posterity.