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14,000 people to fill vacant posts in six months

14,000 people to fill vacant posts in six months

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Aug 16, 2017 - 21:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) on Wednesday said 14,000 people would be appointed on vacant government posts in the next six months.

As many as 8.5 million Afghans are qualified for jobs, but only 1.9 million of them are unemployed, according to a recent Worldinfo-icon Bank report.

Acting minister for labor, social affairs, martyrs and disabled, Faizullah Zaki, told a meeting on ‘Preparation for National Labor Conference’, that around 400,000 men and womeninfo-icon annually entered the job market in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

“One of the government’s main goals is to generate job opportunities for people considering the high unemployment graph in the country”, he said.

Three days back, the ministry held a trilateral dialogue titled ‘Social Protection, an Urgent Need of Societyinfo-icon’ attended by provincial MoLSAMD directors, representatives of the private sector and laborers in Kabul, aimed to help create job opportunities for people.

At the end of the dialogue, the acting labor minister said a national labor conference would be held this solar yearinfo-icon to seek better coordination among government, employers and laborers.

Zaki had said the conference would discuss creation of job opportunities in Afghanistan.

According to him, around 14,000 government posts, including 5,000 civil service and 800 procurement and other posts were currently vacant.

In the first step, the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) would announce 8,000 teacher jobs in the next two weeks and there would be no vacant posts among the 14,000 positions in the next six months, he said.

Zaki said the government had launched many job generating programs such as the Citizen Charter and others in which more than a million people were engaged.

After the government, the private sector is the second major source of job creation, he said.

However, he said lack of work experience was one of the major challenges newly graduates faced.

The ministry has developed a plan to introduce 36,000 graduates in the first year and 72,000 in the second coming year to government and private organs for building their skills, he said.

On completing the one-year skill building course, the youth would have a higher chance to be employed in government or private offices, he said.

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