THE Patriotic Front (PF) government says it has created more than 316,089 jobs since assuming power in September 2011.
Minister of Labour and Social Security Fackson Shamenda said the 316, 089 jobs were created in various sectors of the economy between October 2011 and July this year.
Mr Shamenda said at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that the jobs were created directly and indirectly through effective implementation of policies, projects, programmes and activities under the PF government.
“This, indeed, is testimony of hard work of the PF government towards fulfilling its pact with the people of Zambia.
“The 2013 national budget, whose theme is “Delivering inclusive development and social justice”, has for the first time put job creation at the centre of the country’s development agenda by explicitly targeting the creation of 200,000 jobs in 2013. Sectors targeted for these jobs include agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and construction,” he said.
Mr Shamenda said of the 316,089 jobs, the tourism sector accounted for 218,344 jobs, the electricity, gas and water sector accounted for 27,369 jobs while the services sector had 13,470 jobs out of which 13,463 were directly created by the Road Development Agency.
He said the education sector has seen 10,099 jobs while the finance and banking sector has had 5,481 jobs. The community, social and human development sector had 4,136 jobs.
“The rest of the sectors, including transport and communication, health, agriculture, forestry and fishing and others, each accounted for less than two percent,” Mr Shamenda said.
He said the tourism sector is one of the sectors targeted for job creation. Mr Shamenda said the figures will drastically shoot up after the United Nations World Tourism Organisation conference, which Zambia will co-host with neighbouring Zimbabwe this month.