Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta,
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has stated that job creation is the fulcrum around which the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led administration formulates its policies and programs.
Mr Ken Ofori-Atta said though the government inherited a challenged economy, it remains committed to the job creation agenda which it campaigned on.
“For our government, job creation is the prism through which we ultimately view all our policies and programmes,” he said at the opening session of the Fifth Africa Think Tank Summit in Accra yesterday.
The three-day program on the theme “Tackling Africa’s Youth Unemployment Challenge: Innovative Solutions from the Think Tanks”, brought together participants from across Africa and aims at proposing strategies and actionable recommendations for Think Tanks to meaningfully contribute to job creation on the continent.
According to Mr Ofori-Atta, Think Tanks in Africa have a role to play and must not leave the policy makers with the sole responsibility of finding solution to the unemployment conundrum on the continent.
He told the gathering urging them to make available their research findings to governments and policy makers for “sound decision making.”“You as policy think tanks can provide advice on policy options and innovative solutions available to successfully tackle youth unemployment.
Identifying what may be the cause of Ghana’s unemployment challenge, the Finance Minister said it stems from “our economies’ failure to create employment opportunities at a rate commensurate with the growth in our youth population and in particular with the growth in tertiary and secondary school graduates.”
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