Cote d’Ivoire on Tuesday launched a technological platform aimed at promoting professional integration of youth and creating job opportunities.
The platform is comprised of a website that will create an interaction between all employers and youths seeking employment.
The website will have a web page for recruiters to check the profiles of various candidates and also place job advertisements.
Speaking during the launch in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire’s Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan reassured the youth of the government’s desire to make them “the engine of the country’s development by addressing issues of their employability,” while also encouraging them to initiate their own self-employment projects.
He said actions will be taken to “achieve a synergy between the state, training institutions and the private sector” to resolve the challenge of “inadequate skilled manpower” that is currently witnessed in the country despite a high number of jobless youths.
The prime minister said the government will also use the agriculture sector to promote youth employment.
In July this year, Cote d’Ivoire government launched an operation aimed at addressing youth unemployment by setting up a fund to finance their income generation activities.
The fund with a seed capital of about 2 million U.S. dollars will be distributed to 2,100 youths from the country’s 10 regions.
According to the government, unemployment rate in Cote d’Ivoire stands at 5.3 percent on the basis of “international criteria,” but it could reach up to 25 percent if the local realities characterized by under-employment and informal employment are taken into account.
Out of a total of 4.5 million unemployed people in Cote d’Ivoire, official figures show that 4 million are youths.
A study carried out in 2013 on a sample of 12,000 households showed that the agriculture sector was creating 43.5 percent of the jobs, followed by services sector with 26.4 percent of the jobs, trade with 17.6 percent and industry with 12.5 percent. Enditem