Friday, April 18, 2014

African youth to form quarter of world population by 2025, says Zuma

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By 2040, half of the world’s youth population would be Africans with women and girls been a majority, Ms. Zuma said.

The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Nkosazana Zuma, has said that the population of youth on the continent will be a quarter of the global population by the year 2025.

Ms. Zuma said this in an address at the 102nd International Labour Conference on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland.

She called for more investments to promote job creation, achieve inclusive growth and eradicate poverty on the continent.

“By all estimates, our continent is a continent of young people, and it is getting younger,’’ she said.

Ms. Zuma noted that by 2040, half of the world’s youth population would be Africans with women and girls being a majority. She said that Africa in the next 50 years would be home to 1.1 billion workers.

She also said African leaders believed job creation is among the most important factors for achieving growth and prosperity.

She noted that since Africa is a continent of young people, there is the need for more investment to promote employment and provision of entrepreneurial skills for youths.

“We are determined to step up our efforts to promote job creation, work for the eradication of poverty, achieve growth and allow equitable distribution, particularly for women and the youth.

Guy Ryder, the Director-General of International Labour Organisation (ILO) in his welcome address, said it was encouraging to see African economies grow.

He said the ILO was committed to working hand in hand with the AU and its African social partners to make decent work for all a reality.

The session was attended by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu, and other union members and affiliates from Nigeria.

The minister is expected to address the ILO session on Tuesday on Nigeria’s intervention strategies on sustainable labour relations in the country under the Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government.

(NAN)

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