Emphasis on need for sectoral approach

The need for young men and women to be involved in entrepreneurship development and opportunities in the Pacific - recognising employment as a major issue among youths in the Pacific.

News | 31 May 2013
Nadi, Fiji (FT) - The need for young men and women to be involved in entrepreneurship development and opportunities began in 2011 when the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat recognised employment as a major issue among youths in the Pacific.

This necessity was further discussed by members of the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation, the International Labour Organization, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Pacific Youth Council during a panel discussion for youth entrepreneurship in Nadi earlier this week.

Speaking at the discussions, ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries, Director, Mr. David Lamotte highlighted the importance of focusing on sectoral approach to promote youth entrepreneurship, including sectors that have the potential to create wealth such as tourism. "Policymakers need to maximise local employment opportunities from the growth of the tourism sector," he said.

"The Pacific has presented itself as an ideal place where the tourism sector can be a great way to provide jobs for its young people." Mr. Lamotte said the authorities needed to take a sectoral approach in addressing youth employment.

"Local governments need to create programs that engage its local people and assist them in getting jobs. "It's not about just working in the hotels. There are other avenues that they can also access this sector.

"There are tour guides, people who work on the tour buses, those who maintain these buses and other specific places that people can be employed."

The ILO Pacific director said economic growth did not necessarily lead to employment.

by:  The Fiji Times 31.05.2013