Zambian President Michael Sata has asked the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to work with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to develop practical strategies for employment creation for the country.
“The levels of unemployment have reached alarming levels and there is need for us to collaborate and adopt practical interventions to arrest the situation,” President Sata said when he met ILO Director General, Guy Ryder, on Wednesday at State House in Lusaka.
Sata said Zambia was a beacon of peace and stability and therefore suitable for more investment, which would subsequently create more jobs and opportunities.
Ryder who took note of Sata’s call for practical interventions to address unemployment, explained that the essence of his visit to Zambia was to consolidate the relationship between ILO and government as social partners.
And Zambia’s Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda, said Ryder was in the country to launch the Green Jobs project which would see up 5,000 new jobs created as well as capacity building of up to 2,000 small scale contractors in North-western and Central Provinces.
Ryder will also witness the launch of the Zambia Jobs portal, an initiative under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.