Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Intervention in the Nepali job market

Beset with persistent unemployment in the economy, the Nepal government has proposed National Action Plan for Youth Employment Nepal, which expects a 50 percent reduction in youth unemployment rate and a 60 percent rise in the number of young people traveling abroad to work in semi-skilled and skilled jobs over the next eight years.

The action plan includes Four Es - Employability, Entrepr-eneurship, Equal Opportunity and Employment Generation - to cope with the rising youth unemployment in the country,” said Sharma explaining about the action plan prepared by the NPC with the support of the International Labor Organization (ILO)-Nepal.

Sharma said the action plan included efforts like providing children and youths from backward communities access to education and training besides skill development programs to produce a skilled and efficient workforce required by the country.

“The plan envisages implementation of the Child Labor Master Plan (2004) to reduce child labor and create space for youth employment in addition to upgrading the existing training curricula,” said Sharma.

Establishing a pilot employment service center in all the five development regions for both literate and illiterate youths, promoting self-employment among trainees, establishing and implementing a mechanism to provide gender-sensitive career guidance to jobseekers and increasing access to quality business support services are among the activities included in the action plan.

“We expect child labor to decrease by 10 percent annually after the implementation of the plan,” Sharma added.