PNG: Unemployment.

Alan Bradley abradley1 at bigpond.com
Thu Feb 21 05:35:42 MST 2002


>From the Post-Courier (http://www.postcourier.com.pg/ ):

News
 Thursday 21st February, 2002

Unemployment rife

A REPORT on youth employment in Papua New Guinea revealed that close to
three million people in the country were of working age but only about
270,000 had jobs in the formal sector.
International Labour Organisation consultant Christine McMurray produced the
report titled "Employment opportunities for Papua New Guinea youth" in
December. She worked in close consultation with the Labour and Employment
Department and relevant government and non-government organisations.
The report was launched yesterday at a tripartite workshop on youth
employment, organised by the Labour and Employment Department, at the Crowne
Plaza hotel in Port Moresby.
ILO representative to the workshop David Lamotte, when presenting the PNG
report, said around 270,000 people in the country were employed in the
formal sector. He said those without formal employment depended on
subsistence and the
"wantok system" to provide their needs.
He said one way for the country's high rate of unemployment to be solved was
to have business skills taught at an early level of education. Young men and
women would be able to run businesses that in the long term would provide
jobs for other
people.

 Copyright, 2001, Post-Courier Online.



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