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Government has reiterated its commitment to tackle unemployment and create jobs for the youths under its Decent Work Country Programme for Zimbabwe 2012-2015, a senior official said yesterday. Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Permanent Secretary Mr Ngoni Masoka told labour, industry and development partners at a Zimbabwe Decent Work Country Programme mid-term review workshop, that Government remained committed to the goal of providing decent work Zimbabweans.

“The need for decent jobs and sustainable enterprises is greater now than ever before in view of the current socio-economic environment,” he said.

“As we gather momentum in the implementation of our latest economic blueprint — the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim-Asset) — it is imperative that we take stock of the progress that we are making in the labour market as we contribute to the socio-economic development of our country.” The tripartite partners were meeting to evaluate progress made in the implementation of the Decent Work Country Programme for Zimbabwe.

International Labour Organisation (ILO) official Ms Hopolang Phororo, said there had been notable developments since the introduction of the programme in 2012.

“Looking at the current economic environment, we have gone a long way in trying to create a good working environment by engaging in continuous dialogue with employers,” she said.

However, she said challenges emanating from financial insecurity and the economic situation had affected the implementation of the programme.

The Decent Work Country Programme is a framework for promoting decent productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity.

Source : The Herald

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