Young people are at the heart of Africa’s economic and social development. The continent has the world’s youngest population with more than 400 million young people between the ages of 15 to 35 years. Even though young people represent the main resource for sustainable and dynamic growth, governments are now facing the potential burden of youth unemployment. Today, 73 millions of young workers are unemployed and a devolving labour market will cause 70% of current jobs to disappear within the next 20 years. Identifying the future steps to strengthen the African labour markets is therefore essential for governments in order to develop a competent labour force, and to allow African youth to impact the continent’s development and economic growth.
Listen to Thérèse de Liedekerke, Deputy Director of BusinessEurope, Mohamed Bachiri, Interim CEO at CGEM, and Emile Nanga, Member of the Board of Directors at the Confédération Générale des Entreprises de Côte d’Ivoire.