Naivasha – Government, through the Ministry of Labour, is committed to growing the country’s workforce by harnessing and leveraging the skills needed in local, regional and international labor markets, to combat rising unemployment among Kenyans.

Labor Cabinet Secretary (CS) Simon Chelugui said the country’s youthful population has huge potential to drive much-needed growth through high-level production, industrialization and innovations, as well as providing a ready market for locally produced goods and services.

Speaking at the launch of the Kenya Industrial Classification Standard [keSIC] of all economic activities in Naivasha, Chelegui said there are currently more than four million Kenyans working abroad, transferring earnings of more than 400 billion shillings to the country every year.

He said the country harbors a huge potential of well-skilled and educated young Kenyans, whom the government wants to tap and retrain to enable them to access the international labor market according to the skills needs and economic prospects of each country.

The SC said that the government would undertake to conduct surveys and develop updated statistics on the workforce in other countries to identify required skills and training needs to enable more Kenyans to find and access jobs there.

“Increasing the workforce in the international labor market will help alleviate the unemployment crisis among Kenyans and boost financial flows and remittances to the country,” he said.

The CS added that the standards being launched will help harness the skills required as they provide a comprehensive framework, within which economic data can be collected and reported for purposes of economic analysis, decision making and policy formulation.

The Labor SC said that KeSIC also provides the opportunity to have adequate information to measure the performance of various industries to enable the country to identify key growth drivers that will guide resource allocation.

Chelugui added that the standards at the same time provide a consistent system of harmonizing the information generated to facilitate the updating of statistics and allow comparison across the national statistical system under the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS).

At the same time, the CS said the standards developed will guide human resources departments, to provide up-to-date labor market information that informs decisions on policies, strategies, legislation and development programs. for employment and for the creation of sustainable jobs.

Therefore, Chelugui challenged relevant government actors and the private sector to harness and exploit the wider East African region with over 300 million people which holds huge market potential to both for jobs and for locally produced goods and services.

The SC expressed confidence that with the standards launched, relevant stakeholders in the economy will be able to make informed policy decisions based on shared and harmonized statistics regarding the economy, demographics and census information. in the greater East African region.

Chelugui also called for the need to break down economic, social and physical barriers and boundaries in order to achieve a harmonized EE community with shared prosperity.

He was pleased to note that the government is working to promote harmonious labor relations among key players including workers, employees and industry to minimize industrial unrest that affects overall productivity.