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Delivering State of the Nation Address during the opening of Budget Meeting of Parliament in Lilongwe on Thursday, President Dr Lazarus Chakwera said the National Job Creation Strategy was on the cards.


He said the strategy will be Government’s blueprint for job creation in the next 5 years.

“Government also started establishing job centres in all the four cities of Malawi. The centres will give job seekers easy access to employment opportunities, and will be fitted with a job matching portal that will facilitate electronic information exchange and enable job seekers to access vacancies and secure jobs through online platforms.


“The portal will also help us track jobs created and provide real-time data. The portal will be linked with the Labour Market Information System, because as I have been saying, delivering this promise of jobs cannot be done without fixing the systems that affect the same.


“Additionally, during the year under review, Government continued to expand access to TEVET through the establishment of new Community Technical Colleges as a means of equipping the youth with employable skills,” he said.


He said his administration “has not only been creating jobs, but also protecting jobs that would otherwise have been lost without our intervention.”


The Malawi leader, further told Parliament that the World Bank now confirms that Malawi’s labour market has recovered to pre pandemic levels.


He said although the country has not reached the targeted 1 million jobs in the timeframe that was set due to three successive waves of COVID-19 “we have come impressively close. Government now estimates that in the 2021/22 Fiscal Year, the number of jobs created in both private and public sectors stood at 997,423.”

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