Youths in Malawi have been assured of government’s commitment towards efforts that seeks to bail them out of the labyrinth of challenges they are currently facing which among them is unemployment. Statistics show that 85 percent of the country’s youths are unemployed.
Economic Planning minister Ralph Pachalo Jooma and his counterpart from Trade and Industry Ministry Sosten Gwengwe made the assurance during interactive session with young entrepreneurs from the Malawi’s eastern city of Zomba which was held at Gymkhana Club over the weekend.
The two youthful ministers cited the government’s Economic Recovery Plan as one of the initiatives that have components that seek to economically address the needs of Malawi youths.
“We are coming from a period of economic collapse. But now there are signs that the ERP is working and soon we will be out of the woods. It is therefore for the youth to engage with government so that their views can be taken on board when formulating government policies,” said Jooma.
On his turn, Gwengwe, said the government is fully aware that many youths in the country are unemployed and this is why government is finding them opportunities to work abroad.
“Shortly young people will be going to work in other countries such as Korea and Dubai courtesy of this government. The PP [ruling People’s Party ] government has committed itself to uplifting the livelihoods of youths who form the biggest part of our population,” he said.
Currently government is advertizing for job opportunities in Dubai and also it plans to send 320 young Malawians to South Korea to work as unskilled laborers.
However critics have argued that Malawi-Korea connection is no solution to job creation because it has numerous shortfalls one of which is its focus on a small population of non-skilled labour which they say will not benefit the country in any way.
Organizer of the event, aspiring Member of Parliament for Zomba Central constituency Joseph Chikwemba told Nyasa Times that the gathering was groundbreaking.
“First these interactions are drawing interest from youth across the political divide-hence we are calling it Zomba Youth General Assembly. It is according a chance to the youth to voice out their concerns to government. At the same time these youthful ministers have an opportunity to articulate government plans on youth end economic development,” said Chikwemba.