Malawi to export youth labour to South Korea: Pres. Banda launches initiative

President Joyce Banda on Friday launched the youth job creation initiative that will see 1000 youths in the country going to South Korea to be equipped with agricultural skills.

The launch which took place at Kamuzu Palace’s grand marquee, Lilongwe is set to promote young men and women aged of 19 – 25 to be self reliant as they will be trained in agriculture and livestock development by South Korean agricultural experts.

Speaking during its official launching, President Banda said the initiative will offer employment opportunities for young school leavers who have nothing to do.

She appealed to the youths who will be granted the opportunity to go to South Korea to work to the best of their capabilities and behave in a way that will keep the relation of the two nations strong.

President Banda of the 'youth swagga'
President Banda of the ‘youth swagga’

“To the youths who will be granted the opportunity to go to Korea, I expect you to work hard. Koreans are people who are hard working; they spend much of their time in the farm, likewise, work and impress them,” the President advised.

She added that, “Malawians are known with good behaviors. South Africans as well as Zimbabweans they always talk good about Malawi as a country with hardworking people.

“When I met with the President of Korea, we had a wonderful discussion such that he stressed the need for the youths who will go there to behave themselves.”

However,  President Banda warned that the initiative she has launched should be taken as a national issue such that all youths with the required qualifications should be given the chance despite the political party he or she belongs.

The Malawi leader also explained that it was her Government’s wish to empower the youth, saying as such, her government introduced a number of programs in the country like, development of the film industry, youth integrated program, national youth services program among others.

“The government of Malawi in partnership with African Music Award (AMA) is working hand in hand to develop the film industry which is making other countries like Nigeria to prosper and 500 youths will be trained in this field,” President Banda disclosed.

Speaking earlier, Minister of Labor, Eunice Makangala commended the president for the initiative which she said would empower the youth economically.

“Madame President, you are a mother indeed because when you travel outside the country you always put the people of Malawi at heart,” she said.

Makangala however, suggested that for the initiative to be fairly implemented, Members of Parliament should be involved.

“For the initiative to be fairly implemented there is need for the involvement of Members of Parliament. These MPs will help us identify youths from their respective constituencies,” she said.

According to the minister of labor, the first group of the youth will go to South Korea in April (next month).

Meanwhile, Malawi delegation is set to leave on Sunday for South Korea to discuss working conditions and other modalities with the government of Korea.

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