Post-covid Africa Needs 60 million Jobs Annually

Post-covid Africa Needs 60 million Jobs Annually

Africa needs to create 60 million jobs in post covid19, annually, in a bid to clear the backlogs, according to Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). She stressed on Africa’s recovery during the ministerial meeting of Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET), in Addis Ababa, where the three states signed agreement to form a steering committee.Before covid crisis Africa was growing at 3.2pct but fallen to negative 2.6pct since the pandemic. “we need to grow at 10pct to clear the back logs,” said the ES. She also stressed Africa needs to invest in digital infrastructure and platforms, apart from continental infrastructures such as LAPSSET, which is regaining momentum to connect the Indian and pacific oceans on east and west coasts of Africa.

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