NAIROBI: DEVOLUTION and Planning Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru, said the government had 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, intended to subject major investments and projects to a systematic analysis to determine their potential to create 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.
Waiguru hinted the plans in her key note address during the official opening session of the 8th Extraordinary Youth Summit on International Conference on Great Lakes Region at a Nairobi hotel.
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.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY