SADC Committee of Ministers has underscored the need to promote fiscal and economic policies that will help create jobs for the youth in the region and push up the economic growth of the 16-member states.
The ministers made the call in Lilongwe at the end of a two-day meeting that discussed issues of how to promote trade and enhance economic integration.
Top on the agenda of the two-day SADC meeting that has just concluded in Lilongwe was the need to remove trade barriers and enhance economic integration and job creation.
The member states agreed that the fast-tracking implementation of the SADC Trade and Services Protocol is key to stimulating economic growth that will open employment opportunities for the unemployed youth in the 16-member trade bloc.
In his remarks, SADC Executive Secretary, Elias Mpedi Magosi, hailed member states for their collective efforts in seeking a common ground for a sound economic integration.
“Let us work as a regional block and change our approach in the creation of jobs among our youth,” Magosi said.
In her remarks, Minister of Labour, Vera Kamtukule, stressed the need to monitor employment trends by investing in functional labour market information systems. She said what the member states agreed during the meeting resonates well with Malawi’s 2063 agenda.
“As Malawi and other SADC member states we still need to work collectively to create more jobs for the youth and by encouraging technical skills,” Kamtukule said.
Among others, the meeting agreed to facilitate peer learning and exchanges to see what has worked or failed in member states, identify key enablers and constraints to job creation and also to adopt key resolutions on pre-employment policies and strategies.