EA Leaders Worried over Rising Youth Unemployment Levels

viagra buy geneva; line-height: 150%; font-size: small;”>The leaders who signed the declaration on the fight against youth unemployment called upon the United Nations to address youth employment as a standalone priority goal, deliverable in the post 2015 development agenda.

In the declaration, regional leaders pledged to create a favourable environment for investments and socio-economic development.

They also pledged to harness infrastructure development in order to fast track opportunities for decent jobs and inclusive growth apart from reviewing the education system to promote entrepreneurship and innovation.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of the special summit, President Kenyatta reaffirmed his Government’s commitment to ensure that the youth are at the centre of decision making and policy direction in this region.

“We have been very clear that we must be able to tap into the talent of our young men and women. Indeed we recognize we need to do so in order to ensure peace and stability of our region,” President Kenyatta affirmed.


The president pledged his support towards the ICGLR organization saying, “we will begin not just to continue in dialogue, but we will be able to see what concrete steps we need to take to advance the course of the youth in our region.”

Time bomb

The youth population in sub-Saharan Africa is increasing rapidly. Nearly one in three people living in the region, or about 297 million, is between the ages of 10 and 24. By 2050, that age group is projected to nearly double to about 561 million, according to PRB’s The World’s Youth 2013 Data Sheet.

One of the reasons young people are having trouble finding employment is a limited number of jobs. Between 2000 and 2008, only about a third of the 74 million jobs created in Africa were for people ages 15 to 24.

This challenge causes young people to settle for less-than-ideal employment, such as jobs that are low-paying, temporary, or unsafe, or ones for which they are overqualified. Some enter the informal economy to make ends meet. Others stop looking for jobs altogether. These groups are difficult to measure and are not included in typical unemployment figures.

But the number of available jobs for young people is only part of the problem. While improving, educational systems are still failing to provide a large proportion of youth with the skills they need to secure a living.

Without the ability to attain basic skills or the specific ones that match the demands of the labor market, many youth are unable to find employment.

He thanked all the youth who participated in the conference saying he would do everything in his power to ensure they succeeded in improving their livelihoods.

President Kenyatta also commended the outgoing UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Ms Mary Robinson, for spearheading the peace processes in the region.

The president wished Ms Robinson the best of success in her new appointment as the UN Special Envoy for Climate Change.

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