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Governments 20,000 jobs not off track

By Patrick Flomo
Information Minister Lewis Brown
Information Minister Lewis Brown

(lbsonline/Liberia)-The Liberian Government has dismissed media reports that it’s 20,000 jobs commitment is “off track”.

The government terms the claims as unnecessarily inciting, a distortion of the facts and a disservice to the public.

A MICAT Statement clarified that the Government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is pursuing a rigorous private sector driven job creation strategy that is already witnessing the employment of Liberians in different sectors of the economy from the extractive industry to banks.

The statement released Friday 28th December 2012 in Monrovia noted amongst others that “the government is on track and expects to surpass the 20,000 mark”.

The release signed by the Assistant Minister for Information Services, Albert  K. Jaja pointed out “the government’s bold 25 percent furniture purchasing scheme from Liberian furniture makers is another practical approach to increase the ability of Liberian businesses to grow and provide jobs”.

The statement said government is dissatisfied with the current rate of unemployment and vulnerable employment, but is pleased with the progress being made.

“The government private sector investment plan captured in the 2012-2013 national budget which targets the revitalization of the hydro, ports and major highways will further expand the economy leading to the creation of more jobs for more Liberians especially the youthful population”.

The Statement further clarified that the promise of creating 20,000 jobs each year, is not a promise to create 20,000 government jobs yearly.

Rather, the promise is a commitment to create the enabling environment to expand the economy, increase the country’s human capacity, tap into Liberian entrepreneurial spirit, and increase private sector growth to ensure that Liberians are capacitated and jobs are created across the country.

The statement  said government will continue to drive the expansion of our manpower resources  by investing in technical and vocational education,  and community colleges.

It also reassured of the  provision of local and international scholarships for doctors, teachers and engineers along with subsidies and support to private and public educational institutions, leading Liberia to become a middle income country by 2030.



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