Sata alarmed by unemployment levels

President Michael Sata with Guy Ryder, Director General of International Labour Organization and Labour minister Fackson Shamenda after a meeting at State House

President Michael Sata says Zambia levels of unemployment have reached alarming levels.

President Sata has since called for collaboration and adoption of practical interventions to arrest the situation.

Speaking at State House today, when International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director General Guy Ryder paid a courtesy call on him, President Sata stressed the need for ILO and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to work together and develop practical strategies for employment creation for the country.

The Head of State further said Zambia was a beacon of peace and stability and therefore suitable for more investment,which would subsequently create more jobs and opportunities.

President Sata called for increased investment attraction activities in the country.

During the meeting, Mr. Ryder explained that the essence of his visit to Zambia was to consolidate the relationship between ILO and Government as social partners.

The ILO Director General also took note of President Sata’s call for practical interventions to address unemployment.

The meeting was attended by Labour minister Fackson Shamenda, who said Mr. Ryder was in the country to launch the Green Jobs project which would see up 5000 new jobs created as well as capacity building of up to 2000 small scale contractors in North-western and Central Provinces.

This is contained in a statement issued to QFM News by special assistant for press and public relations George Chellah.