Mozambique seeks support from international partners for job-creation plan

20 July 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 20 July – The Mozambican government has obtained financial backing from five international partners for a Strategy for Employment and Professional Training aimed to create a million jobs by 2015, officials have said.

Japan, France, Portugal, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have already agreed to back Maputo’s initiative that involves investments of over US$ 175 million in the first five years, Labor Minister Maria Helena Taipo was cited as saying by Maputo media.

The job-creation program was officially unveiled in mid-May and is being funded from the state budget and with resources from Maputo’s poverty reduction action plan – financed by cooperation partners.

Taipo said Maputo’s program would mainly focus on “updating labor laws, simplification of procedures aimed to allow private sector intervention in the creation of work, investment in human resources to allow Mozambicans to work in posts created by national and foreign investment and support to the casual labor sector.”

The minister added that an increased production capacity in the Mozambican economy would stimulate the labor market and lead to more competition at national level.

Some 16 percent of Mozambique’s active population is currently unemployed, the majority of these in the south of the country, according to the National Statistics Institute.

The Strategy for Employment and Professional Training aims to create jobs by improving the efficiency of state job centers and private staff agencies and through professional training schemes in the private sector.

The scheme also envisages more youth training and the promotion of self-employment by the creation of micro and small companies.

Maputo’s job creation plan, already approved by the cabinet, has the goal of creating 250,000 state sector jobs and another 750,000 in the private sector. (macauhub)