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 said this is one of the ways that 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.
The Minister, who is also Chief Government Spokesperson, further 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.
Ms Siliya was speaking in Lusaka today when she addressed local and foreign artists after a conducted tour of the Talent Factory Academy for Southern African region situated at ZAMCOM institute.
The Academy, which is a Multi Choice initiative, is expected to be launched tomorrow.
Meanwhile, 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 said young people in the Southern African region have a lot of talent that requires to be explored and supported.
The Talent Factory Academy has attracted students from countries across the Southern Region including Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.