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Ministry sets roadmap on creating 1 million jobs

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The government says it has set a roadmap where it is working with the private sector in creating job opportunities for Malawians and addressing challenges of unemployment in the country.

Minister of Labour, Ken Kandodo, said in an interview Monday that this is a step towards creating the one million jobs which the Tonse Alliance promised during campaign.

He said by end September, the government would launch the job creation strategy after thorough consultation with stakeholders.

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“We are engaging employers on their recruitment plan, how many people they have at the moment, how many do they plan to employ next year, and how we can help make that happen and so forth.

“Apart from this, we will establish job centres in major towns in the country where people will check available jobs and submit their credentials for a possible match,” Kandodo said.

He said among major constraints to doing business as outlined by private sector players included energy woes and he said officials from his ministry will meet energy experts next week to discuss ways of addressing it.

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Kandodo said the government banks on the Export Development Fund (EDF) and the Malawi Enterprise Development Fund to help empower businesses with adequate capital requirements.

In its submission to the ministry, Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam) highlighted corruption, energy woes, high transport costs and rising government debt to the private sector among major hindrances to creating job opportunities.

It further points to agriculture, education and skills development, revamping of economic policies, and digital economy push, among enablers to achieving the one million jobs goal.

“All these are ideas that will help the country to create jobs. Certainly, no sector of the economy has the sole monopoly of creating one million jobs. This will need a multi-sectoral approach in order to overcome the challenges that we face as a country.

“We, therefore, need a task team composed of different stakeholders to oversee the implementation of this project. If the obstacles are removed and the enablers are facilitated, we will create more than one million jobs,” reads part of the Ecama paper.

Ecam Executive Director, George Khaki, said the association anticipates the government to put into consideration views from the private sector when drawing the strategy.

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