President Edgar Lungu has directed the Ministries of Home Affairs and Labour to issue work permits to foreign nationals with skills not locally available.
Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda says the President made the directive during a Cabinet Meeting at State House this morning.
Mr. Shamenda says President Lungu will soon hold talks with the Labour movement once he returns from China.
He says the President is happy with the manner the Labour movement has quietly promoted industrial harmony.
Mr. Shamenda says President Lungu is still committed to the retirement age as promised during campaigns.
Mr. Shamenda also said that casulisation will be banned before the end of this year.
He was speaking in Lusaka at the launch of the Tripartite Partnership Committee for the mining sector.
Meanwhile, a Technical Committee of two trade union mother bodies set up to look at the revision of the retirement age has supported the upward adjustment.
Federation of Tree Trade Unions of Zambia (FFTUZ) President Chingati Msiska said that his union and the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions -ZCTU- are in support of the new policy measure on retirement.
Mr Msiska said that government officials have been on record supporting the adjustment saying it would help restructure the pension scheme so that retiring workers do not become destitute.
Mr. Msiska added that government has honestly stated that pension houses like the Local Authority Supernuation Fund (LASF) and Public Service Pensions Fund have no money to pay pensioners at the moment.
He said that the measure has the potential to enable pension houses collect enough funds and prevent them from going bankrupt.
Mr. Msiska was speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday.
Government last year announced the upward adjustment of the retirement age from 55 to 65 years.