The Federation of Free Trade Unions of Zambia (FFTUZ) has commended the Patriotic Front (PF) government for its efforts towards addressing challenging facing the youth in the country.
FFTUZ president Joyce Nonde Simukoko said government has increased the youth development fund from KR11.8 million last year to KR19.1 billion this year.
Mrs. Simukoko said the aim of the fund was to empower youths financially so that they can venture into viable income generating projects.
She said this when she addressed the ongoing International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland yesterday.
She further said the fund was a catalyst to employment and wealth creation for youths in Zambia.
Mrs. Simukoko also said FFTUZ has been fully engaged in the consultative process for the review of labour laws.
She hoped that the reviewed labour laws would bring sanity to the legal statutes.
And Zambia Federation of Employers (ZFE) Executive Director Harrington Chibanda said there were many solutions to addressing the question of employment creation in Zambia.
Mr. Chibanda said one of the solutions lies in influencing the development of an enabling environment of policies, institutions and relationships that foster private sector growth.
He further stated that national employer’s organisations and worker’s organisations must have the capacity to effectively engage in policy development with governments and other stakeholders.
Mr. Chibanda said this would bring about the creation of an environment which is conducive for business development and sustainable enterprise.