Digital skills training can help address unemployment

Participants during BITC update on Expo2020 Dubai 2020 PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Participants during BITC update on Expo2020 Dubai 2020 PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

“Software is eating the world”, the iconic phrase from Silicon Valley’s pre-eminent venture capitalist, Marc Andreessen, captures the opportunity available to Botswana to reshape the fate of its young population.

Botswana faces the challenge of creating jobs in a limited private market, particularly for youth, with an unemployment rate of ~41%. According to Oxford Economics, the digital economy, worth $11.5 trillion globally, provides an opportunity for Botswana to empower its unemployed youth [1].

Much like India and Singapore, focusing on technology services and reskilling Botswana’s eager, educated and entrepreneurial youth could transform a nation and uplift thousands.

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