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PATRIDGE—Review labour policies

Members of the private sector have challenged the government to amend some of the labour laws and deal with perennial challenges that impinge on its growth if the dream of creating one million jobs within a year should be realised.

This came out on Saturday at Sanjika palace in Blantyre when President Lazarus Chakwera met members of the private sector to discuss ways of developing the local economy.

Speaking on the sidelines, Press Corporation Limited plc, Chief Executive Officer, George Patridge, said bottlenecks such as power outages, archaic legislation and poor policy implementation greatly affects the industry.

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“We talked about the Control of Good Act, we talked about the labour laws in general and how they are stifling the manifesto promises of the Tonse Alliance of creating one million jobs. If we continue with the current labour policies, there is no way that will be fulfilled,” Patridge said.

Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) president, James Chimwaza, said in a separate interview influx of smuggled of goods continue to affect operations of the sector.

Minister of Trade, Sosten Gwengwe, said the government will continue to engage the private sector players in addressing the bottlenecks.

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“We understand that in the public sector, we have a role to play just to make sure that we are helping our private sector to be competitive. It is not always about taxes but efficiency and we are there to create an enabling environment,” Gwengwe said.

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