Tackling joblessness through vocational training is priority on the ministry's agenda?
The Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Zacharie Perevet, in an explanatory statement before the Finance and Budget Committee of the National Assembly stated that focus on the 2018 allocated budget will target unemployment through empowerment.
Defending the submitted budget of FCFA 20 billion 523 million 483 thousand, the Minister said a chuck of it will be allocated for the construction of vocational training centres in which youths can be trained on job creation and other independent mechanisms.
An overview of last year accomplishments by the Minister indicates that within the framework of the decent employment promotion programme, 415,158 new jobs were created as at November 20, 2017 out of the 400,000 jobs expected by December 2017.
He further revealed that the budget estimates for 2017 for the implementation of three priority programmes have been met by close to 90, 55 per cent given that success has been recorded in several sectors.
At the decent employment promotion programme, Minister Perevet stated that 88, 97 per cent has been achieved, with 91, 72 per cent realized at the vocational and training development programme and 86, 56 for the governance and institutional support.
He bemoaned the unemployment rate among youths which is more pronounced in urban areas and the mismatch between the training system and the labour market.