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Call to analyse budget

Nasik Swami
Friday, November 30, 2012

EFFORTS are being made to create policies that support improved working conditions, wages and productivity.

And to discuss the new policies, various stakeholders from the government and the International Labour Organization gathered at the Holiday Inn on Wednesday.

Opening the three-day workshop, Labour Minister Jone Usamate said many countries were facing the effects of the global financial crisis and the problem of unemployment.

"Rates of youth unemployment are exceedingly high and even the global growth powerhouse of China has not been immune to this trend," Mr Usamate said.

He said the government recognised the importance of focusing on jobs in order to achieve a number of aims.

"This has been seen in a number of initiatives over the years and is especially seen in the development of the National Employment Centre," the minister said.

Mr Usamate also challenged those gathered at the workshop to analyse the National Budget and identify the initiatives outlined that can further generate employment.