Bamako, Mali - At least 15,189 jobs were created in the last four months of 2013 (between September and December), according to government officials whose target is to create 200,000 jobs over the next five years, as suggested by the President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
At a press briefing on job creation in Mali, the Minister of Employment, Mahamane Baby, said that at least 7,451 jobs were created by the private sector, representing a proportion of 49.05% while the public sector created 7,738, representing 50.95%.
Baby said the army recruited 4,215 people, including 13 women.
The defense sector represents more than half of the employment in the public sector during the period.
According to statistics from the National Directorate of Employment, 33,922 public and private jobs were created in the formal sector in 2013 against 20,347 in 2012.