TANZANIA – seeking to adapt successful policy interventions

The Prime Minister’s Office

Government of the United Republic of Tanzania

 [Labour, Youth, Employment and Persons with Disability]

To:   Honourable Jeremy Lefroy MP

We wish to express our grateful appreciation for the invitation to participate and contribute to this very important global campaign for youth employment.

Tanzania, like any other developing country, is facing a youth unemployment challenge, in which, out of 22.3 million people who are economically active, 15 million (67.1%) are youth with an unemployment rate of 11.7%.  Almost 90% of the employed persons are in either subsistence agriculture (66.3%) or in the informal sector (21.7%)

For the past decade, Tanzania has recorded impressive economic growth averaging 7% GDP growth each year. But this growth rate has not been translated into significant employment creation, and results in high youth unemployment rates, particularly in urban areas. It also results in increased informal sector employment amongst youth.

Given this background, the Government of Tanzania supports the initiative of the Global Campaign for Youth Employment and is ready to learn, share experience, and adapt successful policy interventions resulting from this initiative.

With this letter, the Government of Tanzania would like to thank you for considering our Country in this very important initiative.

 

Your Excellency, please accept my kindest regards,

 

Peter G. Kalonga, Ag. PERMANENT  SECRETARY

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