Minister of Labour Eunice Makangala said the South Korea labour export under the youth job creation initiative of Joyce Banda’s administration to reduce poverty in Malawi has started and is set to target 100,000 youths country wide.
“The whole programme will target 100,000 youths between the age range of 18 and 25. Right now we are about to send the first group which consists of 200 males and 160 females any time from now.
“We are in the process of processing their passports. Further to that, we are yet to orient these youths on how to conduct themselves when they go to South Korea,” explained Makangala.
When asked to comment on the safety of the youths going to South Korea with the on-going tension between South Korea and North Korea Makangala assured the nation of their safety.
“South Korea and North Korea have been in wrangles since 1960, ever since we have not heard of war. There are 16 countries that are on a mission like ours in the country and Malawi will be the 17th country.
“Malawians should not be afraid of war or anything else. I personally went to see for myself and I was convinced with what I saw when I went to South Korea during our inspection tour,” she said.
As a way of reducing the high unemployment rate in the country among the youths, the Malawi and South Korea partnered so that the former should send human resource to the latter.
In March this year, President Dr. Joyce Banda launched the youth job creation initiative where it was said youths in the country would go to South Korea to be equipped with agricultural skills.
Each one is expected to stay in South Korea for four years and 10 months and some youths will also export labour to Dubai and Kuwait.