Govt projects to create 1m jobs by 2016

MINISTER of Commerce, Trade and Industry Robert Sichinga (right) cuts the ribbon at the launch of the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) dairy value chain development programme, at the Christian Voice Prosper farm in Makeni, Lusaka. Standing next is CEEC director general Likando Mukumbuta.-Picture by TRYNESS MBALE.

MINISTER of Commerce, Trade and Industry Bob Sichinga says Government remains committed to creating jobs and improving the lives of all Zambians.
He said Government through the industrialisation and job creation strategy aims to create 1,000,000 jobs in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing and tourism sectors by the end of 2016.
Speaking as guest of honour at the Zambia Federation of Employers fundraising dinner gala held at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre on Friday, Mr Sichinga said Government is targeting these sectors as a way of actualising it diversification policy and slowly move away from the over-dependence on the mining sector for employment creation and overall national economic development.
“The country’s population comprises mainly of youths and Government recognises the unemployment affecting them. Every year 300,000 youths look for employment, some with university degrees and others just after completing secondary school without skills required to get employment.As Government we plan to train youths with skills for them to positively contribute to national development through the industrialisation and job creation strategic plan prepared by my ministry,” he said.

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