Government to form a national productive centre – Mukata
Kalomo, May 3, ZANIS ——- Commerce, Trade and Industry Deputy Minister, Keith Mukata says government is in a process of setting up a national productivity centre through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security that will act as a medium for mainstreaming of the concept of productivity to all workplaces in the country.
Mr Mukata said the transformation of the economy would require focused leadership both in the public and private sectors and urged leaders to uphold moral values of integrity, transparency and accountability for this concept to be achieved.
The Deputy Minister said government was also in the process of re-establishing public employment exchange services in the ten provincial centres as a way of lining prospective employees to employers.
And Mr Mukata has paid tribute to all workers for the immense contributions and sacrifices they have made towards transforming the Zambian economy into its current state.
He said this in a speech read on his behalf by Kalomo District Administrative Officer, Justus Phiri, at last Wednesday Labour Day celebrations in Kalomo district.
He emphasized that government is still committed to the creation of decent jobs through increased investment in social and economic infrastructure for sustainable development.
He pointed out that government attaches great importance to youth employment in its vision to integrate youths in the national development agenda by providing skills training and the re-introducing apprenticeship training as a way of empowering youths with practical skills.
“Government has embarked on comprehensive structural reforms, the focus will be to make the public sector more efficient in service delivery and act as an effective ingredient to national development. The areas of particular focus in the reform process are public financial management, public service management, private sector development, labour market reforms decentralization and public-private partnership,” Mr Mukata said.
Mr Mukata further warned against all forms of early child marriages saying those who would be found to be wanting shall be visited by the wrath of law.