Unemployment a global challenge

2013-06-15 18:07

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Hameenlinna - Many countries that face unemployment challenges do not have the natural resources that South Africa has, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Saturday.

"Many of the countries that are faced with this challenge do not have the potential that we have in our agriculture sector," she said in Hameenlinna, Finland.

"Many of the countries have ageing populations. We've got a young population."

She said South Africa had done well so far, but that people needed to continue working together to deal with such challenges.

"Even in countries we consider developed, they have this upsurge of unemployment."

Mashabane was in Europe this week to strengthen ties, and engage in trade and political talks.

"...This week...in Europe we had confirmation from leaders that it's the first time in their history where more than 26.5 million Europeans aged between 35 and 45 have given up looking for jobs," she said.

Partnerships crucial

"I think we need global solutions to this very unprecedented global challenge that we are facing. The old economic models that we were asked to follow globally...are no longer working, no longer helping us to respond to the challenges of today."

She said partnerships between government, business, labour and civil society were crucial.

"It will mean that we will have to work extraordinarily smarter, not only harder, to make sure we look at all the potential that we have," she said.

"We must put our best foot forward and our unity must remain our strength."

She said South Africa has a chance by not missing opportunities.

"We are still ranked one of the best in the world in terms of economic trends," said Mashabane.

"Things are looking on the brighter side, and things will only get better if you choose to work on the positive side."

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