MOZAMBIQUE RECEIVES 8.7 MLN USD SWEDISH GRANT TO IMPLEMENT JOBS POLICY

The Swedish government has approved a grant of 80 million crowns (about 8.7 million US dollars) for Mozambique to implement the country’s National Employment Policy (PNE).

The sum will be disbursed over the next five years, and will be channeled through the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO). It is intended to implement the “Decent Jobs for Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Transformation” programme under the PNE, which was approved by the Mozambican government in September.

The agreement was signed in Maputo Monday by the ILO regional director for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, Alexio Musindo, and Swedish Ambassador to Mozambique Irina Nyoni.

The programme seeks to ensure that more Mozambicans, particularly young people and those living in the rural areas, will have access to productive employment opportunities, and to contribute to improving regulations concerning employment.

Mozambican Labour Minister Vitoria Diogo, who witnessed the signing of the grant agreement, said there was a clear focus in how the grant will be used.

“The Employment Policy is our beacon. The first priority is to develop a plan of action with targets, indicators and objectives which make monitoring and assessment possible,” she said.

She pledged to value and make maximum use of the resources, so that more Mozambicans would gain access to employment. Providing jobs is a major challenge given the rapid growth of the Mozambican population, and the fact that well over half of all Mozambicans are under 18 years of age.

According to the latest National Poverty Assessment, published last month, about 300,000 people enter the labour market every year.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.