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Fresh push for Human Resources Bill

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NG’OMA—We are almost there

Human Resources (HR) practitioners in the country are advocating a quick enactment of a law to regulate their operations.

Drafting of the Human Resource (HR) Management in Malawi Bill, which would regulate the HR profession in the country, was concluded some time back, and as part of the formulation process, the government has been engaging stakeholders for input.

If adopted, the law will help govern the profession.

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It also intends to amplify operations of the Institute of People Management in Malawi (IPMM) by making it mandatory for HR professionals to be members, among other things.

Speaking at the opening of a three-day 2020 IPMM Annual Lakeshore Conference in Mangochi on Friday, IPMM President Godwin Ng’oma said headways have been made towards enactment of the proposed law.

“We are almost there. The Ministry of Justice and the Department of Human Resources Development have worked on it. But now we are gunning for support from the Ministry of Labour for intensified assistance to get this done,” Ng’oma said.

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He said effective governance of the profession would also help HR practitioners contribute effectively towards the attainment of the aspirations in the Malawi 2063—the country’s long term development blueprint.

In her address, Minister of Labour Vera Kamtukule said the government was committed to ensuring the enactment of the law.

“We will support it [the law] in collaboration with other departments. We are at a stage where it has to go to the PS’ committee for ratification and then it may have to come to Cabinet.

“These matters must be handled expeditiously if we want to ensure that we are developing our human capital as enshrined in MW2063,” Kamtukule said.

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