Waiguru says govt developing policy to increase employment

Devolution and planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru says the government has developed a National Employment policy to increase opportunities for young people to have a decent and sustainable livelihood.

She said the policy which was awaiting parliament’s approval intends to subject major investments and projects to a systematic analysis to determine their potential for creation of employment before they were adopted for implementation.

“I urged Parliament to move with speed in discussing and adopting the Employment Policy into a Sessional Paper Meanwhile, all state departments are conducting analysis to determine the number of jobs they can create for the youth” Waiguru said.

She also announced that the government was taking measures to address specific employment needs of young people by building their skill capacities with a view to create actual employment opportunities for the jobless youth.

She said this in her key note address during the official opening session of the 8th Extraordinary Youth Summit on International Conference on Great Lakes Region.

She gave a brief of the progress the country had made to create opportunities for the youth including a deliberate effort to enhanced Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) as part of the broader affirmative action policy to empower vulnerable groups.

‘This is a huge boost to the youth considering Government is the single largest consumer of goods and services, has now dedicated a minimum of 30 per cent of all its procurement  to enterprises owned by the youth, women and persons with disabilities “ the cabinet Secretary said.

She informed participants derived from at least eight nations in the Great lakes region that the Government of Kenya was carrying out an elaborate Youth Training and Internship Programmes in partnership with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).

Waiguru said the UWEZO Fund, Women Enterprise Development and Youth Enterprise Development Funds were tailored to promote entrepreneurship among the targeted young men and women.

She said the transformation of the National Youth Service (NYS) and subsequent expansion of the recruitment intake to more than 21,870 youths annually was critical in developing skills of the most productive segment of the society to spur economic growth.

Waiguru said the Government was facilitating young people to acquire employment in foreign countries adding that at least 150 recruitment agencies were registered to coordinate the exercise.

“The about 10,000 youth who succeed in securing jobs abroad annually are assisted financially through the Youth Enterprise Development Fund to carter for their travel and settlement in their work destinations” she said.

Waiguru urged the youth to organize themselves in groups and SACCOs to facilitate their access to business development services

Notable speakers at the forum included the Executive Secretary of the ICGLR, Prof Ntumba Luaba ,the Chair, Multifunctional Youth Forum, Mr. Kennedy Walusala, the ICGLR National Coordinator of Kenya Amb. Ken Vitisia and Planning Principal Secretary Eng. Peter Mangiti.