Gov’t policies can succeed without employment data – Kwarteng

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By Lorlornyofm January 19, 2018 07:20

Gov’t policies can succeed without employment data – Kwarteng

A deputy Minister for Finance, Kwaku Kwarteng believes the government’s policies and programs aimed at ensuring development in the country can succeed despite the absence of data on the labour force in the country.

He argued that the government must not halt its activities due to the unavailability of up-to-date employment figures.

Reacting to criticisms that the government had failed to gather accurate data on the country’s employment records to influence its policy decisions, Mr. Kwarteng said “it is wrong to say that because of all these inadequacies, the government is not in the position to design policies to improve the unemployment situation.”

While stressing that the introduction of the National Identification System will help the government accurately determine the labour dynamics in the country, he noted that the government would proceed with the implementation of its plans while it collects the data.

“The strategies to know accurately how many are unemployed and what kind of employment they are looking for is not something we can do overnight and we cannot wait to do all that before we design policies to address unemployment,” he said.

He noted that the government will give the private sector incentives to expand its operations and be able to employ more youth in the country.

“Whilst we take steps to do that, it is important to give incentives to the private sector to expand economic activities… It is important for government itself to see what is giving to the private sector in any area and we will be able to achieve some success by these interventions without having the kind of accurate data we’re talking about,” he said.

‘Employment data to be ready in 3 months’

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has said that the government will provide accurate statistics on the country’s employment statistics within the next three months.

He said the government cannot currently provide comprehensive information on its labour statistics despite claims his government has created some jobs, and is in the process of adding more.

Reacting to a question about the number of jobs the government had created at the second media encounter at the Flagstaff House on Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo said, “the statistics on the jobs…. I am barely one year in office. Some of these statistics are being collected as we speak now so the labour statistics as to the number of jobs that have been created, those are not statistics that are at hand anywhere. Even for the government, I believe that they are in the process of being assembled, so perhaps in 2 or 3 months, we will be in a better position to answer that question in a more effective manner.”

By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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