DAR ES SALAAM: Vice Chairman of the National Association of Youth Cha Mapinduzi (UVCCM) Mercy Sombi, said CCM has continued to stand up to the government to take steps to build prosperity and social development by strengthening services for specific groups including people with disabilities, youth, children, women and the elderly.

Mercy made the remarks today on September 25, 2023 at a session that coincided with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) campaign event held at the Union House – Netherlands Embassy.

He said some of the measures taken were to continue to provide grants to institutions with disabilities each year and provide resources, as well as to establish a special fund for persons with disabilities with the aim of economic empowerment as part of the CCM 2020-2030 guidelines.

"Another step is to implement the 2016 gender policy which provides guidance for managing all women's issues in the country, establishing a network of women entrepreneurs and implementing a five-year action plan to combat violence and violence against women and children (2017-2022)," she said.

He also mentioned that other measures are to provide life skills training to 79,675 young people and enable 796 youth groups involved in agriculture, farming and farming to get loans through the empowerment fund to successfully self-employ in agricultural areas.

He has also expressed the government's commitment to putting emphasis on education, especially science for girls.

In addition, he said the government led by President Samia Suluhu Hassan has made great efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals, especially through the construction of development infrastructure and engaging youth in economic development for individuals and the nation as a whole.

The meeting was led by the Netherlands Ambassador to Tanzania Wiebe De Boer who stressed that youth are the key group for the development of their country.