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The Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam) says skills development, improved education standards and better plans on employment creation are among key areas that Malawi needs to focus on if the country is to achieve the goal on decent work creation.

Decent work creation forms part of the 2030 Development Agenda and there has been an increased urgency among international policy-makers, particularly in the wake of the global financial and economic crisis of 2008, to deliver quality jobs along with social protection and respect for rights at work to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth to eliminate poverty.

And Ecam says government needs to acknowledge that the private sector is the engine for growth and recognize the important role the sector plays as the key driver for job creation.

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Speaking during the13th African Regional Meeting of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) held from November 30 to December 3, 2015 in Ethiopia, Ecam Executive Director, Beyani Munthali, said creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive is essential as government works towards creating decent employment for all.

Munthali further recommended apprenticeships and trainees hips as opportunities to address youth employment and adaptation to technology.

Leader of the Malawi Delegation the Minister of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development of Malawi Honourable Henry Mussa said to attain the 17 targets set out by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including decent work creation, would require vast sums that governments alone cannot raise.

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Mussa said partnerships, such as Public-Private Partnerships, would be important in achieving the goals.

“Extensive consultations and social dialogue are also critical in the elaboration and implementation of national development plans. The SDGs contains wide-ranging decent work related elements and support from the ILO, and from other UN agencies and partners would be essential” said Mussa.

The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development puts people and the planet at its centre and gives the international community the impetus it needs to work together to tackle the formidable challenges confronting humanity, including those in the world of work.

And it is estimated that over 600 million new jobs need to be created by 2030, just to keep pace with the growth of the global working age population.

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