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Students consider "electioneering" creation of 83,500 jobs by 2021

The Movement of Angolan Students (MEA) this Tuesday expressed scepticism about the government's promise to create 83,500 new jobs by 2021, considering the measure as an "election campaign" and "a way for the state to sell hope" to Angolans.


"As for this new proposal, I am sceptical, I don't believe and I think it is another election campaign and a way for the State to sell hope, we are tired and the hope that we have today is not the verb to hope, but the verb to hope," said the president of the MEA, Francisco Teixeira.

To support his scepticism, the leader of the Angolan students said that a good part of the government's programs "do not advance due to excessive partisanship," considering that the ongoing programs benefit "especially young people linked to the JMPLA," the youth arm of the ruling party in Angola.

"It was necessary for the State to decentralize and find a congregating platform where all the young people could see each other again," he said.

The government plans to create 83,500 jobs by 2021 under the Action Plan for the Promotion of Employability (PAPE), approved in April 2019, announced the Ministry of Public Administration, Labor and Social Security.

In a communiqué sent this Tuesday to Lusa, the ministry stated that the jobs will be created in the framework of PAPE, whose strategy of operationalization was appreciated, on Monday, during the eighth meeting of the economic commission of the Council of Ministers.

In the election campaign for the 2017 elections, the candidate João Lourenço, current President, promised to create 500,000 new jobs by the end of the legislature in 2022.

According to Francisco Teixeira, the new promise will not go beyond that, stating that the creation of the 500 thousand jobs promised in 2017 "so far is still a mirage.

Young people continue to be the most affected in the high unemployment rate that the country registers.

In order to find mechanisms to reverse the situation, the MEA is promoting on Saturday in Luanda a round table on "Unemployment as a Factor of Instability, Causes and Solutions.

According to an association leader, the meeting will assess the employability process in Angola, "suggest methods and means to mitigate the issue of youth unemployment and clarify the importance of cultural entrepreneurship.

Francisco Teixeira also said that the fifth national demonstration against unemployment in Angola is already in preparation, scheduled for September 26 and 27.

"We will do 48 hours on the street to demand more seriousness and more responsibility from the State on the issue of employability," he said.


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