Head of AU Commission calls for investing in job creation for African youth

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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

African Member States and international partners have been urged to invest more in Africa in order to promote job creation particularly for young people.

The call came from the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who addressed the conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva on Monday.

Dr. Dlamini-Zuma said that Africa is a continent of young people and it is estimated that by 2025 African youth will make up a quarter of the world's population of under-25s.

Citing data from the World Bank, she said that young people presently make up 37 per cent of the labour force in the mainstream economy, yet they constitute 67 per cent of the overall unemployed.

"It is therefore imperative that we invest in their health, nutrition and education and have them acquire the skills that will enable them to become productive members of our society. But to be properly employed, the youth must be employable. So it means young people must be well prepared to respond to the professional and economic needs of the time." (24")

Dr. Dlamini-Zuma said youth must be given the skills and knowledge to be employable and to be job creators.

This, she added, can be done by providing an education that emphasizes science and technology, information and communication technologies, and innovation, as well as research and development in all aspects of human endeavours.

Dianne Penn, United Nations .

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