3million out of 8m Graduates in Africa Get Jobs Annually~NEWSEXTRA - NEWS EXTRA ONLINE



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Thursday, 30 January 2020

3million out of 8m Graduates in Africa Get Jobs Annually~NEWSEXTRA

As the alarming rate of youth unemployment continues to soar unabated in Africa without any respite in sight, governments of the continent have been charged to take drastic steps to avert the looming danger.

Akinwunmi Adeshina, President of the African Development Bank gave this charge while unveiling a report of the bank, African Economic Outlook in Abidjan.

Adeshina stated that, youth unemployment must be given top priority. With 12 million graduates entering the labour market each year and only 3 million of them getting jobs, the mountain of youth unemployment is rising annually.”

To keep the current level of unemployment constant, Africa needs to create 12 million jobs every year, according to the report. With rapid technological change expected to disrupt labour markets further, it is urgent that countries address fundamental bottlenecks to creating human capital.

The 2020 AEO, themed Developing Africa’s workforce for the future, calls for swift action to address human capital development in African countries, where the quantity and quality of human capital is much lower than in other regions of the world.

The report also noted the urgent need for capacity building and offers several policy recommendations, which include that states invest more in education and infrastructure to reap the highest returns in long-term GDP growth. Developing a demand-driven productive workforce to meet industry needs, is another essential requirement.

“Africa needs to build skills in information and communication technology and in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Fourth Industrial Revolution will place increasing demands on educational systems that are producing graduates versed in these skills,” the report noted.

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