Kavango East, Kunene home to Namibia’s highest unemployed youth

16 Sep 2019 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 16 SEP (NAMPA) – The Kavango East and Kunene regions top the youth unemployment rate at 62,5 per cent and 53 per cent, respectively, in 2018.
During a presentation on the profile of ‘Unemployment in Namibia’ made on his behalf here on Monday, Namibia Statistics Agency Statistician-General, Alex Shimuafeni, said the Kunene Region is followed by Ohangwena with 51,4 per cent, Oshikoto at 50,2 per cent and Zambezi at 49,7 per cent.
On the other hand, the Omusati and Erongo regions have the lowest unemployed youth below the age of 35 years - which are 39,7 per cent and 36,8 per cent, respectively.
The unemployment rate for the Khomas Region stood at 43 per cent. ||Kharas is at 44,7 per cent, Hardap 41,9 per cent, Kavango West 46,8 per cent, Omaheke 46,6 per cent, Oshana 47,2 per cent and Otjozondjupa at 47,4 per cent.
The presentation was made during the Employment Creation Seminar which is an effort to address Namibia’s overall 33,4 per cent unemployment rate by the country’s high-level economic panel.
Speaking at the opening of the seminar, the panel’s chairperson Johannes !Gawaxab said during the employment creation breakaway session at the Economic Summit held earlier this year, the increase of the joblessness growth of the economy over the past 29 years, the lack of access to finance and support to small and medium enterprises, the ease of doing business and lack of tax incentives were diagnosed.
“We deemed it appropriate to follow up the employment creation breakaway session at the Economic Summit with a workshop dedicated to job creation to identify bottlenecks, approaches to job creation and learn from other countries and entities that came up with strategies that resulted in actual meaningful job creation as well as sectoral opportunities for job creation,” !Gawaxab said.
The high-level economic panel is set to have a meeting on Friday where proposals will be submitted from the discussions of the seminar and the employment creation breakaway sessions which will go to Cabinet as recommendations.
The panel was instituted by President Hage Geingob earlier this year to advise on reviving the local economy.