President Lungu said government continues to focus on policies, strategies and programmes that will significantly contribute to realising employment creation, human development and broad based pro-poor growth.
He said it was for this reason that special attention has been placed on the promotion of increased investments in infrastructure such as roads, schools and health facilities countywide.
Mr. Lungu said this in Lusaka today during labour day celebrations under the theme “achieving national development through productive decent work, sustainable job creation and social justice”.
He said in addition, government continues to invest in sectors such as agriculture and tourism to create wealth and employment.
The Head of State said consequently, over 7,000 formal jobs were created in various sectors of the economy in 2015.
He said the Zambian economy continues to be buoyant in spite of economic challenges both on the domestic and international fronts.
President Lungu said there was need to create decent jobs which remains one of the core priorities and policy objectives which the Patriotic Front (PF) administration has embarked on.
He said as a member of the United Nations family, Zambia is committed to ensuring that the sustainable development goals are fully realised, in particular, goal number eight (8) which places emphasis on decent work and economic growth.
And President Lungu has said recent experience has shown that reliance on copper as a source of employment and economic growth may not be sustainable.
He said there was need therefore to develop other industries which can sustain the economy when the mining industry experiences downturns.
President Lungu said government was committed to providing equal access to employment for the youths, men, women and people living with disabilities among others.
He said this year’s theme is in line with the aspirations of his government to foster national development and promote productive decent work which is aimed at ensuring inclusiveness and equity for all workers.
Meanwhile, Labour and Social Security Minister Fackson Shamenda has called on Zambians to give Mr. Lungu another five year mandate because of
his stance on supporting decent work policies.
Mr. Shamenda said tremendous effort has been made in protecting the workforce in the country and to ensure minimum wage is paid to the workers.
Meanwhile, Mr. Shamenda has called for peace ahead of this year’s August
11 elections because the international community has known Zambia for peacefulness.
And Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Chishimba Nkole said most workers today are struggling to make ends meet due to the escalating cost of living the country is faced with.
Mr. Nkole said the issue of the high cost of living should be urgently addressed by government noting that the country is headed for more difficult days for workers and other vulnerable people.
He said it was important for government to realize the seriousness of the problem so that mitigation measures can be taken as quickly as possible.
Mr. Nkole said it was saddening that some employers seem not to be interested in the welfare of the workers and yet they are very interested in the profits being made by the same workers.