Government is determined to create productive employment for the youth – Dr. Baah-Boateng
Dr. William Baah-Boateng, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Ghana, has said, in spit of Ghana making some strides in economic growth, it hasn’t reflected into the creation of enough jobs for the increasing labour force, leaving unemployment rate higher among the educated than among in the less educated.
According to him, unemployment and joblessness among the youth, remains a critical socio-economic and political problem in the country and across African countries.
“Higher unemployment rates are reported among educated young people who graduated in social science, agriculture and humanities as compared to those with skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), such as engineering,” this he said is among the educated.
Dr. Baah-Boateng made these assertions in his presentation at the National Policy Dialogue on Job Creation for the Youth in Ghana event, jointly organised by the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) and the INCLUDE Platform, which is the third in a series of policy dialogues to discuss policy initiatives for job creation and youth employment.
Government he said, has initiated many direct job creation interventions which seeks to address the youth unemployment challenges the country is being faced with.
Among these interventions are, the Skills Training and Employment Placement programme, initiated from 2002-2004, in response to the revelation of the existence of about one million unemployed people across the country.
Again, he said there is the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan, launched in 2014, which also sought to give young Ghanaians the opportunity to broaden their talents and entrepreneurial skills and start up new businesses on their own, as well as to employ other youth.
Dr. William however said, the current government has put in place programmes such as the One District, One Factory, which is an industrialization drive to create productive employment for the youth, Planting for Food and Jobs, which seeks to create jobs in the agriculture sector and One village, One Dam to ensure year-round agriculture activities and sustainable job creation in agriculture, especially in the Northern part of the country.
On his part, the Netherlands Ambassador, H.E. Ron Strikker, stated that, Ghana has experienced strong growth over the past two years with its strong determination to go beyond aid.
He said Ghana has managed to decrease its physical deficit and set up a domestic resource mobilization programme to increase revenue. “The Ghana Revenue Authority was able to meet its revenue mobilization for 2017 and put in place measures to meet its target for 2018.”
According to the Ambassador, the Netherlands in partnership with Ghana, has come up with the Ghana Growth Programme, which focuses on economic empowerment. Adding that, Netherlands provides support in the agribusiness sector and as well as involved in vegetable, cocoa and oil palm production in the country.
He also touched on the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme. “Africa needs 18 million jobs every year to address the issue of unemployment,” he reiterated.
Meanwhile, he said, the Kingdom of Netherlands has put in place programmes to promote the development of entrepreneurial skills among the youth, to curb the youth unemployment situations in the country.
By Sammy Adjei|Ghananewsone.com