The Ministry of Labour has said it is a step closer to completing development of its job portal but it would first put up a pilot job centre in Blantyre.
Ministry of Labour spokesperson Christina Mkutumula said the portal would be a platform where people would upload and access numbers of people employed for a specified period.
Mkutumula said the ministry is still in the process of sourcing the software for the portal and has slightly changed approach by planning to establish a pilot job centre first which caters for walk-in clients.
“The project is being supported by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), [and] will help us to assess the performance of the job centre before rolling out the programme to include online services. We want to take a progressive approach so that we make improvements as we go along,” Mkutumula said.
She said the ministry has finalised the development of the Labour Market Information System (LMIS) which is complementary to the Job Portal in terms of generation of employment data.
In an interview, Employers Consultative Association of Malawi President George Khaki rated the initiative as ideal for transforming the local job market.
“This will be beneficial to all stakeholders in the labour market because it gives you live data on what is happening in labour and employment markets,” Khaki said.
He added that the job centres would also be beneficial, especially to the unemployed youth in the country, who constitutes almost half of the population in the country.
Earlier this year, the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors discussed the new Country Partnership Framework for Malawi which supports the creation of more jobs, the strengthening of human capital, and supporting foundations for economic growth and accountability.