Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya (Picture by Albert Mpezeni)
Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Dora Siliya, has advised young people in the creative arts in the Southern African region to work together to grow the industry.
Ms. Siliya says this is one of the ways they can help create the much needed jobs among talented young people in the region.
She notes that no government in the region is capable of creating jobs for all its young people, hence the need to grow industries such as creative arts and film because of the potential to create employment.
Mr Siliya has appealed to young people to take advantage of every opportunity made available to them such as the talent factory academy to create jobs for themselves and their peers.
Speaking in Lusaka when she addressed local and foreign artists after a conducted tour of the Talent Factory Academy for the Southern African region situated at the Zambia Institute of Mass Communication (ZAMCOM), Ms. Siliya has also called upon the business sector in Zambia and the region as a whole to support the initiative by Multi Choice to grow the film industry and ensure that it contributes to economic growth in Zambia and the Southern African region as a whole.
And veteran artist Jeff Sitali says young people in the Southern African region have a lot of talent that requires exploring and supporting.
The Talent Factory Academy has attracted students from countries across the Southern African region such as Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.