Trade minister committed to creating job opportunities

Thursday, May 02, 2019

The minster of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment has said that his ministry remains committed to creating more employment opportunities, thereby enhancing employability of youth, women and persons with disabilities.

Lamin Jobe was speaking on Wednesday at the Independence Stadium during activities commemorating Workers Day.

Workers Day also known as Labour Day is celebrated globally and the theme for this year is- “Building the Worker’s Power, Change the Rules.”

Minister Jobe observed that the day is celebrated to reflect on the challenges facing workers in the job market and the prospects available therein.

He indicated that employment creation to Build Sustainable Peace in The Gambia project, funded by the government of Japan through ILO trained 250 youth on road construction using Japanese “Dou Nou” technologies, enterprise development and occupational safety and health.

The government, he revealed is making efforts to provide the necessary support for the development of human capital, adding that efforts include reform of the civil service and the introduction of performance contracts for State-owned Enterprises for enhanced service delivery purposes.

“The Gambia recognises that the country’s most critical resource is it’s people, who are not only the drivers of its development, but also at the pinnacle of its development agenda”.

The Trade minister further disclosed that his ministry has embarked on reviewing the Labour Act 2007 and developing Employment Policy and Action Plan to ensure a smooth and vibrant labour market for harmonious industrial relations and increase productivity which conform to international standards and best practices.

“The Ministry of Trade in collaboration with The Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBOS) through the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) assistance conducted The Gambia Labour Force Survey 2018 to ascertain up-to-date information about the labour market and in turn promulgate laws and formulate sound policies that will best suit both the employees and the employers”.

He added that they are currently developing a national employment policy and underemployment issues in the country.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara