Create enabling environment for private sector businesses to reduce unemployment – Economist

By: Kwaku Mensah Abrampa/Dormaa Ahenkro

An economist, Dr. Sidi Ali, has charged government to improve private sector businesses to create an enabling environment for employment and other job opportunities.

Speaking in an interview with Kwaku Mensah Abrampa, the Economist indicated that, the leadership of the country must lay down effective mechanisms that will produce decent jobs for the youth.

According to him, this will avoid the mass involvement of the youth into unsustainable and indecent jobs that keep deteriorating lands and natural resources.

He added that, due to the economic circumstances and unemployment rate of the country, most of the youth are involving themselves in illegal mining activities, cybercrime and cyber gambling.

He underscored the need for the government to create an enabling environment for private sector growth to ensure the creation of more job opportunities to reduce the unemployment rate in the country.

Dr. Ali said, government must reduce the tax rate on private business to reduce the cost of doing business adding that electricity tariffs and access to credit must all be affordable to ensure the expansion of the private sector for better job opportunities.

Dr. Sidi Ali blamed government for not living up to expectations stressing that it is only the government, the Attorney General, and its agencies who have prosecutorial power to prosecute people who misappropriate and embezzle state funds hence Ghanaians must not be blamed for poor economic situation of the country since government and its agency are not committed to instil discipline in the country to serve as a deterrent to others.

He therefore charged the leadership of the country to put up a good attitude towards work which he said would compel the subordinates and other working population to emulate the same to improve the financial conditions of the country.

The Economist urge Ghanaians not to follow the juicy promises of politicians this year.

He further advised Ghanaians to lower their expectations from government, look beyond government employment and engage in entrepreneurship and other forms of business to make life better and more satisfactory.


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