Parties agree on policies to address youth unemployment

Timothy Ngnenbe

Nine political parties have identified increased investment in agriculture, robust technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and prudent government policies as the best policies to deal with the rising spate of youth unemployment in the country. The parties observed that youth unemployment posed the greatest threat to national security and sustainable development for which reason it needed to be addressed.

The parties, which included the New patriotic Party (NPP), the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and the People’s National Convention (PNC) were speaking at a round-table discussion held in Accra yesterday.

Apart from the National Democratic Congress (NDC), which was not represented, other parties such as the National Democratic Party (NDP), the Eagle Party, the United Renaissance Party (URP), and the Independent People’s Party (IPP) were also represented at the forum.

Forum

The forum formed part of the second national policy dialogue on youth employment challenges organised by the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET).

It was a follow up to an earlier forum held in July this year at which participants, who were drawn from the academia, civil society organisations (CSOs), among other stakeholders, discussed the challenges of youth unemployment on national development.

The Director of Research at ACET, Professor Joseph Amoako-Tuffour, gave an overview of the maiden national dialogue and pointed out issues such as the erratic power supply, inadequate investment in agriculture and the lack of a linkage between the educational system and industry as some of the reasons for youth unemployment in the country.

Contributions

Taking turns to discuss the issue, the political parties agreed that the country would be thrown into economic crisis and a state of insecurity if the political leadership failed to devise innovative policies that would create job opportunities for the youth.
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