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Caribbean Youth Unemployment – Tourism is the solution Bahamas Prime Minister says

Caribbean youth unemployment is the “greatest scourge of our time,” according to Bahamas Prime Minister Capture d’écran 2015-07-08 à 08.24.25Perry Christie.

But there’s a way to help solve the problem, Christie says, by focusing on the region’s biggest economic driver: tourism.

“I know that for some, tourism may be redolent of a part of our history that we would want to keep barricaded. For most of

our countries, tourism is the largest earner of foreign exchange. For most of our countries, tourism is the largest employer.

For all of our countries tourism absorbs the broadest range of skills of any economic sector,” Christie told Caribbean heads of government at the recent CARICOM Summit in Barbados. “For all of our countries, tourism is the one sector for which there is no such thing as a jobless recovery. The very nature of tourism requires more people to be hired with increasing number of visitors. If unemployment especially youth unemployment is the scourge ofour times, there appears to be no better economic sector for us to embrace in leading us closer to the promises that we have made to our lands.”

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Why This Could Be the Best Way to Solve Caribbean Youth Unemployment.


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