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The Investment and Jobs Summit is one of the key initiatives that the Ministry of Development Planning intends to convene immediately after the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP) II has been drawn.

The Minister of Development Planning, Mr. Tlohelang Aumane said the summit that is aimed towards discussing issues related to how the government plans to create jobs is anticipated to be held in 2018.

He said the plan is to create 10,000 jobs per year in an effort to address unemployment facing the country so that the economy of the country can also improve.

Mr. Aumane said though the government is driving the initiative, it will be implemented with the participation of the private sector as the key players in the economic growth of the country.

The jobs summit was incepted in 2014 during the first coalition government led by Dr Motsoahae Thabane who said there was urgent need to develop and adopt a strategy that could bring change through creation of jobs and elimination of poverty and hunger in the country.

Three years ago, Dr Thabane said this when delivering a keynote speech at an occasion to officially launch the Jobs Summit Process in Maseru.

According to Dr Thabane then, the Cabinet had decided to develop the strategy aligned to the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP) that would consist of an investment plan, monitoring framework, inclusive and create jobs while also tackling malnutrition and inequality among others.

He also had highlighted that the jobs summit will serve as platform for government and its development partners to adopt a working programme that will entail amongst others, an investment package that will facilitate the development of commercial agriculture, tourism, transformation of manufacturing, focusing on the textiles sector and creative industries and technology driven initiatives targeting jobs for the youth.

These are the sectors said to have the highest job intensity.

Source: LENA 21/11/2017


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