Every Malawian going to work in South Korea will be receiving K450 000 per month including free house, electricity and some basic necessities, according to Jimmy Bauleni Manna who is People’s Party (PP) Party’s Deputy Director of Youth Affairs.
Malawi intends to export labour to South Korea and Middle Eastern countries Dubai and Kuwait to work in the hospitality industry as waiters, receptionists and housekeepers.
But the Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU) asked the government to call off the initiative fearing Malawians would be subjected to abuse and exploitation by the host countries but the government through the ministry of labour went ahead and called for applications from young people.
Speaking at Chosoti Ground in Nkhotakota district over the weekend where the party’s Vice President for the Central Province Cassim Chilumpha conducted a political rally, Manna said although some people are trying to downplay the labor exporting initiative, youthful Malawians will be he great beneficialIies in as far as job creation is concerned.
“For the first time in Malawi, this is the time when those who have interest to work in other countries will have something to show for their sweat as government will be there for them unlike in the past where youthful Malawians were flocking to South Africa to work in worse conditions for nothing.
“For the first time in the history of Malawi, the government has really showed interest in promoting the youth economically. We are going towards a destiny where the youths will stand up and contribute to the nation development than where we used to tools against the opposing views,” he said.
Manna said out of the K450 000, workers will have K50 000 as an upkeep allowance, whereby the remaining amount will be deposited in the accounts in Malawi. They will work there for a period of four years where they will have
an option of renewing the contract.
Minister of Labour Eunice Makangala said they received 5 000 applications for jobs in South Korea against government’s required 320 positions.
The first group to South Korea is supposed to leave this month end as their services are needed soon, according to the minister.
Makangala also said those who will not be successful this time around will be considered in the second phase.