The Ministry of Labor (MOL), through the National Bureau of Employment (NBE), has ended a two-day seminar on the Decentralization of the National Policy Action Plan.
The workshop, which was held in Gbarnga, Bong County Bong County, brought together 25 participants from local line Ministries and Agencies in the county.
Mr. George H. Saah, National Coordinator of the NBE, who spoke at the opening program, said the National Employment Policy is an instrument developed by the Government of Liberia aimed at increasing employment opportunities for Liberians.
Liberia, like any other countries in the world, he said, has a huge unemployment record with youthful population accounting for about 60 percent.
According to him, the policy is intended to provide employable skills in the labor force so that they may graduate from the informal to the formal sector of the country.
Mr. Saah named five priority areas of the policy focus as: public infrastructure work, enhancing human capacity, revitalizing the agricultural sector, upgrading the informal economy and empowering vulnerable groups.
If all these priority areas are fully implemented, a total of 250,000 jobs are expected to be created within the next four years, he stated.
The NBE National Coordinator of the said that because of the importance the Government attaches to the policy, the MOL anticipates taking it to all counties in Liberia to solicit the views and imputs of stakeholders.