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Govt to address challenges in labour market, says CS Kandie

18 February 2016, 12:49 Arap Yego

Nairobi - The government will continue supporting technical learning institutions as they are a key to the country's growth and development, Labour Cabinet Secretary, Phyllis Kandie has said.

She said her ministry together with stakeholders will address the gaps in training at the various institutions in the country, as it seeks to meet demand of skilled manpower in the labour market both locally and abroad.

Speaking Wednesday after visiting the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) headquarters in Nairobi, the CS also said the government is keen on streamlining the export of labour to other countries.

"Kenya has a competitive advantage in the region because we have a pool of very young talented and skilled people. We want to promote labour migration because there is a huge demand for Kenyans to work in the Middle East and other countries," said Kandie.

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"But we will ensure that we do it in a well-planned and systematic manner. We want to borrow a leaf from countries that have succeeded in exporting their skilled manpower like the Philippines," she added.

The CS, who held a meeting with the management of the institution and board members, said her ministry will vet all the recruitment agencies that are involved in connecting Kenyans with employment opportunities abroad to weed out quacks and unscrupulous agents.

"It will not be business as usual in the industry. We shall do everything including revoking of licenses of employment agencies that send Kenyans to work for employers who later mistreat them," warned Kandie.

The CS's predecessor, Kazungu Kambi in 2014 launched a task-force to develop a policy on export of labour from the country, following increased cases of mistreatment of Kenyans working in the Middle-East Countries.

The task-force was supposed to craft a legal framework for labour export and come up with guidelines for registration of employment agencies.

"We have the task-force report and are keen on implementing the recommendations proposed," she said.

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