Gyude Moore Discusses Job Creation in Liberia

Gyude Moore Discusses Job Creation in Liberia

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Liberia has a huge bulge in its youth population. The big question now is how to create the jobs that will get young people into the labour force. 

Gyude Moore discusses how Liberia is creating new job opportunities.

Transcript: Liberia like a lot of other countries in Africa faces a huge bulge in its youth population but a dearth in terms of jobs to be able to absorb them, so by 2050 the population in the continent should be about 2.5 billion.

The big question now is how to create the jobs that will be able to absorb those people, the young people into the Labour force.

We have opportunities, we have opportunities in agriculture; Agriculture and industries that grow around, especially processing of agricultural products, and so if countries like Liberia will pick one or two agricultural products, focus on them, build infrastructure around them, build financing around them, build the kinds of architecture that makes them successful, we have enough opportunity to be able not simply to just provide jobs for Africa's young people but to make the continent thrive in such a way that the standard of living will actually increase, despite the high numbers of people who are joining us.

So my hope is not just for President Weah, but other presidents across the continent will begin to see the threat that this could become if it is not addressed properly.

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