System to register unemployed Namibians launched

04 Dec 2013 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 04 DEC (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare officially launched the Namibia Integrated Employment Information System (NIEIS) under the Namibia at Work Programme in the capital on Wednesday.
The function of the system is to collect, store and update information concerning vacancies in the labour market, as well as information on employers in Namibia and the names and qualifications of job seekers.
The system will also collect information on training opportunities for retrenched workers and job seekers, specialised skills and qualifications skills possessed by non-citizens, and specialised skills and qualifications possessed by Namibian citizens and permanent residents.
The first registrations took place on Wednesday after the system was launched at the Khomas Regional Council, and will continue countrywide until the end of March next year.
Officially launching the system, the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Doreen Sioka said it has been successfully piloted in the Erongo Region and the ministry deemed it ready to be rolled out to all 14 regions.
She added that during the roll-out period, about 140 young people have been employed who will be responsible for data collection and data capturing in all regions.
Sioka further explained that Government has rolled out practical employment creation initiatives in the past few years such as the Decent Work Country Programme for 2010 to 2014 in conjunction with the trade unions and the Namibia Employers' Federation (NEF).
Another initiative is the National Employment Policy for 2013 to 2017 aimed at facilitating the implementation of specific interventions to achieve the objectives of the fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) and Vision 2030.
The policy outlines the targets, strategies and action plans for employment creation.
She also announced that the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare is preparing legislation to establish an Employment Creation Commission which will be responsible for the research, analysis and coordination of policies and programmes focused on employment creation, including the implementation of the National Employment Policy.
To this end, the Bill has been discussed by the Cabinet Committee on Legislation and has in principle been agreed on.