Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says that developing nations grappling with youth unemployment issues need effective strategies and interventions to adequately address the situation that has the proclivity to undermine peace and stability in those countries.
Vice President Boakai noted that a whole generation of Liberians since 1979 when the rice riots took place followed by series of political and military upheavals leading up to the 1990 civil war that span over 14 years, the youth of Liberia at the time, who are now adults do not have any experience of a peaceful and prosperous society and that something has to be done to address this problem.
Vice President Boakai made these remarks Friday when a four man delegation of the World Bank accompanied by Liberia Youth Empowerment Program officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports paid a courtesy call on him on Capitol Hill to brief him on the status of discussions surrounding the creation of job opportunities for the Youth of Liberia.
He told the delegation that stakeholders in these discussions have to speed up the process and to identify areas of intervention that will be clear and impactful on the youth population through the creation of job opportunities.
The Vice President spoke of agriculture as the area with the most potential and went on to name carpentry, masonry, poultry, food processing, and other areas that could make immediate impact on the lives of the youth if partners collaborate with the Government and speedily take steps to addressing youth unemployment problems.
In his briefing, the head of the World Bank delegation Mr. Suleiman Namara, informed the Vice President that the World Bank has ten million dollars for the youth program in Liberia and that it is important to find a way to engage in these programs quickly in the different intervention areas that could bring long term benefit to the youth of Liberia.
Mr. Namara added that they were also engaged in discussions with the European Union on this matter.
The World Bank delegation hailed the Government of Liberia for the level of progress made thus far in the area of youth development and spoke of the high level of collaboration between line ministries and the World Bank.