Laws to prioritise recruitment in offing

ZANZIBAR is amending her labour law to compel investors to source at least 60 per cent of their employees from within the islands, the House of Representatives heard here on Thursday.

Minister of State, President’s Office, Labour, Economy and Investments Mudrik Ramadhan Soraga, responding to a supplementary question by Special Seats Representative Fatma Mandoba, said the government intends to make recruitment of Zanzibaris a top priority.

The questioner had raised concern over the difficulties Zanzibar youth encounter in getting jobs, claiming that many investors prefer hiring people from outside Zanzibar at the expense of Zanzibaris. She asked the government to intervene in the interest of islanders.

Earlier, answering a question by Kiembesamaki Representative Suleiman Haroub Suleiman, Minister Soraga admitted that unemployment is a serious problem, which he partly blamed on lack of appropriate skills among Zanzibaris.

He said the government is taking various initiatives, including establishment of wanachi empowerment agency to intensify the entrepreneurial sector through training, business infrastructure and capital to encourage self-employment.

The minister further said the government in collaboration with public and private stakeholders has been implementing various programmes—apprenticeship; and not in employment, education or training (NEET)—to boost youth employability.

He said the lasting solution to unemployment in the country lies on vibrant private sector. “We all have to work hard to expand the private sector and create more jobs for our people,” said the labour minister.

Kiembesamaki legislator had wanted to know the government strategies to rescue wananchi, especially his voters, from the serious unemployment problems.

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