The Minister of Labour Ken Kandodo Monday disclosed that a roadmap has been developed for the creation of one million jobs per year as promised by the Tonse Alliance during the campaign ahead of the presidential election.
According to Kandodo, it is expected that by September this year, the government will come up with a strategic plan that will guide the ministry and stakeholders in the implementation of the programme.
Among others, he highlighted that consultations are being made with key stakeholders, public and private sector and formal and informal sectors to leverage on potential strategies that can create the one million jobs.
“We have developed a web-based labour market information system which will serve as a database on labour and employment information; job seekers will be able to access this database to identify employment opportunities as well as register for jobs. Employers will use the system for skills matching for their labour needs,” Kandodo said.
He added that for job seekers to easily access the information on the vacancies, government will develop modern and fully equipped job centres across the country that will replace the current labour offices
Kandodo also highlighted that the private and informal sectors will play a big role in the creation of the jobs, such that small and medium enterprises will be empowered through the Malawi Enterprise Development Fund (Medf) K75 billion fund.
He further said the government will review the issuance of Temporary Employment Permits to foreign workers and nationals in order to give a chance to locals.
“Government wants to emphasise the labour element reviewing the available capacity in the country. Foreigners should be given permits on skills that are lacking in the country. Many Malawians have complained that foreigners are taking up much of their work space,” he said.
Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) Secretary-General Denis Kalekeni commended the government for the consultation process, stressing that the responsibility to create the jobs is not for the government alone.
“The responsibility is too enormous and it affects a number of stakeholders. It is very encouraging to hear that the Ministry of Labour is embarking on consultations on how this programme can be achieved. We are very ready as MCTU to support such efforts,” Kalekeni said.