More jobs can be created in natural resource sectors: Nghimtina

25 Apr 2019 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 25 APR (NAMPA) - The labour ministry is confident that new, decent jobs could be created in natural resource sectors, where the State has leverage to regulate the terms and conditions.
This was said by Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, Erkki Nghimtina in the National Assembly on Wednesday during his motivation of the ministry's nearly N.dollars 190 million budget for the 2019/20 financial year
Nghimtina said there is a need to focus on specific segments of selected sectors where the skills required vary in different degrees and levels as therein lies the potential for creating employment.
He further spoke of value chain production where a full range of activities from production to product or service would be conducted in Namibia.
“More jobs can be created in charcoal production by demanding that harvesting, processing, packaging, branding and transporting should also be done locally, in what is known as value chain configuration,” Nghimtina said.
Nampa last year reported that 80 per cent of charcoal producers in Namibia send their semi-processed or raw charcoal in trucks to South Africa, where it is packaged before being exported overseas where they generate triple the amount of money.
Nghimtina said employment creation could also be achieved through strictly tying fishing quota allocation to the actual number of personnel needed, insisting that value addition to timber be done locally and repairing and maintaining public infrastructure and equipment, all with a robust monitoring system.
Also contained in his budget motivation, he revealed that the ministry has allocated N.dollars 26 143 000 to its labour market services, which is responsible for employment creation, productivity, research career guidance, vocational counselling and preparing young people for work.