‘Ur­gently ad­dress youth, women unem­ploy­ment’

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - John Man­zongo Her­ald Re­porter

AFRICAN govern­ments should de­velop ur­gent in­ter­ven­tion mech­a­nisms to ad­dress unem­ploy­ment among youths and women, who con­sti­tute the ma­jor­ity of their pop­u­la­tions.

Ad­dress­ing par­tic­i­pants, who are un­der­go­ing train­ing on re­think­ing strate­gies for em­ploy­ment cre­ation and mit­i­gat­ing job losses at the African Re­gional Labour Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cen­tre (ARLAC) in Harare yes­ter­day, ARLAC act­ing di­rec­tor Dr Lo­cary Hla­banu said coun­tries need to change their vi­sion and be­gin to mo­ti­vate, in­spire and em­power their peo­ple.

“The dis­ad­van­taged and vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als need spe­cial fo­cus. Govern­ments must build so­cial struc­tures that will in­form, en­cour­age and fa­cil­i­tate the re­lease of the hu­man spirit in pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive pur­suits,” he said.

Kenyan Am­bas­sador to Zim­babwe Ms Lucy Che­limo said em­ploy­ees should be pro­vided with key ben­e­fits that safe­guard them, and govern­ments must se­cure and pro­tect ex­ist­ing jobs to guar­an­tee tax in­flows and re­duce poverty among cit­i­zens.

Am­bas­sador Che­limo urged the par­tic­i­pants to pro­mote pub­lic and pri­vate em­ploy­ment ser­vices, em­ploy­ment of dis­abled per­sons and the cre­ation of small to medium en­ter­prises.

The one week work­shop was at­tended by gov­ern­ment, em­ploy­ers and work­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Zim­babwe, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Swazi­land, Liberia and Namibia.

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