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By Blessings Mpinganjira

Labour Minister Vera Kamtukule has said the government is working on formalising migration as a tool for reducing the rate of unemployment in the country.

She said migration would also be used to expose the skilled labour force in Malawi.

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Kamtukule made the remarks yesterday during the launch of the African Union Joint Labour Migration Programme Action Project in Lilongwe.

She said the initiative sought to strengthen the understanding of national actors on key concepts related to migration, labour and employment.

“Malawi is increasingly seeking opportunities to improve the management of labour migration, youth employment and child labour in collaboration with other countries in the Comesa [Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa] and Sadc [Southern African Development Community] regions,” Kamtukule said.

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She added that Malawi was working on an initiative aimed at developing labour migration-related frameworks for better migration governance.

Head of Labour Employment and Migration at the African Union Sabelo Mbokazi said the programme would help Malawi implement a roadmap toward establishing a credible and sustainable demand-driven integrated labour market information system.

Ministry of Labour statistics show that about 80 percent of Malawians emigrate to South Africa to work mainly in the informal sector.

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