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Cameroon – Employment figures: The contradictions of Paul Biya!

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Written by Deckson N.

When comparing the Head of State’s own data, there were fewer jobs created in 2016 compared to 2015. Yet Paul Biya talks about a 20% increase.

A big contradiction! This is the impression that emerges from the analysis of the employment figures created in 2015 and 2016, announced by the President of the Republic in person.

Paul Biya, in his speech of December 31, 2016, has as a tradition in recent years, presented the number of jobs created last year. “The main objective of developing our energy capacity and extending our road network is to create the optimum conditions for the industrialization of our country. This is our great challenge for the coming decades. At the same time, we can expect a confirmation of the positive development of the employment situation observed in recent years “, he congratulated.

He said that “until October 2016, 320,000 new jobs were identified“, which he said “compared to the previous year, represents an increase of nearly 20%” . A good news a at a first glance.

But when one delves into the 2015 speech of the Head of State, a problem arises. Twelve months ago, Paul Biya said that “until the end of November 2015, 337,660 new jobs” were created. On analysis, one observation emerges. Fewer jobs were created in 2016 compared to 2015. The gap is exactly 17,660 jobs.

Difficult to explain such an upset in the presidential speech. Except to think, these 17,660 jobs were created between October and November 2016. If the figures of Paul Biya of last year took into account the month of November, this year the President of the Republic, Is limited to October.

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