Sunday, December 15, 2013

Mchombo calls for sustainable job creation
By Christopher Miti in Chipata
Mon 28 Oct. 2013, 14:00 CAT

ANGLICAN Diocese of Eastern Zambia Bishop William Mchombo has challenged technocrats to come up with a working formula that will lead to sustainable job creation, and not cosmetic ones, by supporting local small-scale entrepreneurs.

Commenting on the high unemployment levels in the country, especially on the part of the youth, Bishop Mchombo said the government alone could not provide employment to everyone.

He said youth unemployment had remained a huge challenge to the nation.
"Government alone cannot provide employment to everyone but it can provide a conducive atmosphere for small-scale businesses to flourish with the provision of right incentives like easy access to a revolving fund with low interest rates and less red tape. We see a good number of our youths with different skills wanting to contribute to the economic development of this nation but they lack capital and space to start their own businesses which are commensurate with their skills," he said.

Bishop Mchombo said if the government could provide marketeers with shelters for conducive trading, it should also consider putting up workshops for various artisans engaged, for example, in metal fabrication, manufacturing, motor mechanics and carpentry.
He also said there should be no favouritism when employing people.

"Giving preferential treatment or favouritism to people from one's own region despite their lack of the requisite qualifications for a particular assignment or job goes against the spirit of impartiality and the promotion of meritorious appointments. It brings up despondency and can undermine the peace of the country," Bishop Mchombo said.

He said corruption was a menace to the economic development of the country.

"This should be nipped in the bud whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head. Those in public offices should provide the necessary leadership in this crusade," said Bishop Mchombo.

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