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Africa Needs 18m Jobs Yearly –ILO


With more than 18 million new jobs needed every year in Africa, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called for a strong commitment to job creation ahead of an Extraordinary Summit on Employment, Poverty Eradication and Inclusive Development in September in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

It said high level of youth unemployment and inequalities call for more employment- friendly policies to promote job-rich growth in Africa’s development. The call to action was made during an information session on Ouagadougou +10 by ILO Director General, Guy Ryder on the margins of the ILO’s annual International Labour Conference (ILC) holding in Geneva, Switzerland.

Speaking at the session, Ryder observed that the region’s growth has increased significantly over the past decade but has not translated to job creation and poverty reduction.

“Informality and vulnerable employment remain the reality for the vast majority of young workers in Africa. According to ILO estimates, a total of 214 million working poor living in the region. Ouagadougou +10 is therefore a priority for the organisation,” said the ILO Director General, adding that “our role is to support African countries in partnership with the African Union” and the strong mobilisation of the tripartite constituents.