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Mahama warns of imminent security threat in Africa

Former President Mahama has warned of imminent security threat in African if the continent does not device means of curbing unemployment through industrialization.

He made this remark while delivering a speech dubbed “The future of work and industrialization” at The Knowledge Event 3 of The 2018 Annual Meetings of The African Development Bank in South Korea.

Mr. Mahama charged leaders in Africa to explore the countless benefits of industrialization to create jobs for the already ballooning population on the continent.

“Africa faces the disadvantage of not having really navigated the 2nd and 3rd industrial revolutions and yet has to contend with the 4th, with all its attendant innovations of science and technology-Digital technology, artificial intelligence, robotics and all the advanced inventions we are seeing today.

“All these must be viewed in the light of the ever-expanding youth bulge in Africa. With a rapidly expanding population, Africa has a reservoir of labour for production, and yet, this rapidly expanding population remains Africa’s greatest security threat, if we are not able to harness it into sustainable jobs for the future,” his speech said in part.

He consequently suggested that efforts be made to slow population growth by empowering women to the point where they can take control of their reproductive rights.

He however posited that Africa has a huge potential which should be duly exploited to translate into work and happiness for the youth on the continent.

Read below full speech.

“THE FUTURE OF WORK AND INDUSTRIALIZATION”

AT THE KNOWLEDGE EVENT 3 OF THE 2018 ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

Busan- South Korea. Friday May 25, 2018
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Heads of Delegations
Ministers of State
Governors of the AfDB
Special Invited Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

This morning’s Knowledge Session is basically asking the very simple but very difficult to answer question: how do we tackle the looming unemployment situation the African continent is faced with?

That is all the topic for this morning, ‘Work and Industrialisation’ is about.

Yes, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is looming.

Africa faces the disadvantage of not having really navigated the 2nd and 3rd industrial revolutions and yet has to contend with the 4th, with all its attendant innovations of science and technology- Digital technology, artificial intelligence, robotics and all the advanced inventions we are seeing today.

All these must be viewed in the light of the ever-expanding youth bulge in Africa. With a rapidly expanding population, Africa has a reservoir of labour for production, and yet, this rapidly expanding population remains

Africa’s greatest security threat, if we are not able to harness it into sustainable jobs for the future.
Africa will be two billion people by 2050. Nigeria alone would be about 300 million people by 2050. My country, Ghana would have a population of about 50 million people by 2050.

While looking at creating more decent jobs, we must continue our efforts to slow the population growth rate by ensuring a one hundred percent education of girl children and also empowering our women to have greater control of their reproductive rights. This should include access to family planning services, including the right to determine how many children they would want to have.

At the same time, Africa has huge potential. As President Adesina loudly proclaims, Africa has 65% of the world’s remaining arable land. Africa also possesses some of the richest natural resources in the world. Surely with such advantages, Africa must be guaranteed a future of work and happiness.

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