Zambia on right track to reform Labour Laws

Labour and Social Security Minister Fackson Shamenda says Zambia is on the right track in reforming labour laws and creating youth employment.

Mr Shamenda says Zambia is also moving in the right direction in the improvement of Labour related issues and creating suitable employment for its people.

The Labour minister said he is happy that his government under the leadership of President Michael Sata has done a lot to ensure that the labour market is peaceful.

Mr Shamenda said this in Santa Fe, Mexico, in an interview with ZANIS today after the opening of the International Forum on Public Policies on Employment and Social Security.

He said the forum has allowed for an exchange of practices and perspectives among representatives of governments, private sector institutions and other organisations aimed at formulating and designing of labour public policies.

He also said the outcomes and proposals of the forum will be the cornerstone of integrated public policies that will help to tackle with success the national and international challenges in the world of labour and employment.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director General Guy Ryder observed that over 200,000 million people in the world are unemployed.

Mr Ryder said 73 million of those unemployed are youths, a situation he described as worrying because they are the most reproductive age group.

He said 600 million more of people are living in abject poverty and below the poverty datum adding that this is likely to reduce on productivity of most firms.

Mr Ryder further said 47milion of people that are employed are working in the informal sector saying this calls for adoption of measures to improve the current scenario.

The meeting was organised by the secretariat of labour and social welfare with the support of International Labour Organisation (ILO) the Organisation for Economic and Cooperation Development (OECD) and the National Autonomous University (UNAM).

The forum has attracted member states from 23 countries which include Djibouti, Russia, Kenya, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Peru, Indonesia, Guyana and Argentina among others.

Mr Shamenda is accompanied by a Social Protection Expert Christian Mwanza from the ministry of labour.