Labour Ministry working on third national employment policy: Nujoma

• By Uaueza Kanguatjivi

LABOUR Minister, Utoni Nujoma says the ministry is working on a third national employment policy According to Nujoma, this strategy aims to develop a national perspective on job creation by articulating methods and initiatives for effective coordination. Nujoma made the remarks in parliament while responding to Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) MP Kennedy Shekupakela’s query regarding the ministry’s plan to combat youth unemployment in the country.

“It is a two-stage procedure, with the first concentrating on situational analysis to better understand present problems and potential for job development.

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The policy will be developed in the second step.  “Consultations with key stakeholders have taken place, and efforts to collect updated labour force data will be included in the 2023 National Population Census. The ministry is still administering an electronic database known as the Namibia Integrated Employment Information System (NIES), which is used to register job seekers and vacancies from employers for job matching,” Nujoma explained. He pointed out that the ministry provides learners with career assistance, offering them a sense of direction in terms of professional paths and making them aware of opportunities in the labour market.

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“Since the existing Career Guidance Book is set to expire this year, the ministry has begun updating the Book and establishing a new Career Book based on new jobs in the labour market.

The consultation process with educational institutions has already begun,” Nujoma stated. Nujoma highlighted that creating jobs is a collective responsibility involving multiple institutions and that everyone is urged to contribute and report progress to the government.

Responding to Shekupakela’s question about the Labour Ministry’s efforts to combat corruption and nepotism, Nujoma said the ministry ensures fair employment practices through legislations such as the Affirmative Action (Employment) Act, the Namibian Labour Act, and the Employment Services Act.