ACET engages stakeholders to tackle youth unemployment

Reposted from B&FT Online –

Key representatives of Government, political parties, private sector, students’ bodies, development partners, civil society organizations, academia, and the media gathered in Accra to discuss youth employment challenges and proffered solutions.

The dialogue was organized by the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) with sponsorship from the INCLUDE Platform, whose activities are financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. INCLUDE is a knowledge platform that offers insight into policy matters and research issues related to inclusive development.

In his opening remarks, the Chief Economist of ACET, Dr. Yaw Ansu, said that Ghana’s greatest resource is the youth. “If they are given the right skills and policies that can create jobs then Ghana has a bright future.”

Mr. Eben Anuwa-Amarh who represented the NDPC cited factors accounting for growing youth unemployment in Ghana. “Historical evidence indicates that, youth unemployment in Ghana is due to a more than threefold increase in the youthful population over the last 50 years, and also because of the failure of the economy to generate sufficient employment opportunities,” Anuwa-Amarh said.

Akua Ofori-Asumadu of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said the unemployment situation is not only restricted to Ghana but is part of a global problem of insufficient decent jobs for young people. She said that the ILO has a number of policies and programmes to improve working and living conditions, and enhance employment opportunities.

Christabel Dadzie of the World Bank highlighted the need for a holistic approach. The academic curriculum must include critical thinking skills to equip the youth with problem-solving skills in the country. Practical apprenticeship programmes must be introduced. Youth employment policies must be flexible to support the youth in different areas.

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