Minister of Labour and Social Security Joyce Simukoko says child labour in Zambia, like other sub-Saharan African countries is an obstacle to achieving universal primary education and sustainable development goals.
Mrs. Simukoko says Zambia, has over five hundred and ninety five thousand child workers in various economic sectors and of these fifty eight percent are 14 years or younger.
She says it is therefore important for different African countries to work together through the development of public, private partnerships that will directly address the scourge.
Mrs. Simukoko said this in a speech read on her behalf by Labour and Social Security Permanent Secretary Barnaby Mulenga, at the official opening of the Regional Conference on Child Labour Elimination and Public Private Partnerships in Livingstone.
Speaking earlier Zambia Congress of Trade Union President, Chishimba Nkole said the labour movement supports the partnership of public and private institutions in the fight against child labour.
The Regional Conference on Child Labour Elimination and Public Private Partnerships being held in Livingstone is being attended by Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia.