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

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 the 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, Erongo and Omusati regions have the lowest unemployed youth which are 36,8 per cent and 39,7 percent, respectively.

The unemployment rate for Khomas region stood at 43 per cent. The !Karas, Hardap, Kavango West, Omaheke, Oshana, Otjozondjupa regions had unemployment rates of 44,7 per cent, 41,9 per cent, 46,8 per cent, 46,6 per cent, 47,2 per cent and 47,4 per cent, respectively.

This presentation was made during the Employment Creation Seminar which is an effort to address Namibia's 33,4 per cent unemployment rate by a 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 it was diagnosed that the lack of unemployment growth of the economy over the past 29 years was contributed by the lack of access to finance and support to Small-and-Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME), the ease of doing business and lack of tax incentives.

(Therefore) we deemed it appropriate to follow up the employment creation breakaway at the Economic Summit session with a workshop dedicated to job creation to identify bottlenecks, approaches to job creation, 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.

Speaking at the same event,

Source: Namibia Press Agency