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Unemployment rate above 40 percent

AT-KABUL: Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs calls the unemployment rate above 40 per cent.

“Although there is no new survey regarding unemployment rate, but it can be above 40 percent in the country,” Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Nasrin Oryakhil said Sunday.

She said that based on a survey conducted in 2014, work force estimated 15 million in Afghanistan.

She stated that 8.5 million work forces are willing to work where only 3.5 find jobs and the rest have full time job.

“Lack of implementation of labor law is another challenge in the country,” she added.

Providing job opportunity is the top agenda for the government, thus, the ministry exerts utmost efforts to boost up employment facilities in the country in future, the minister highlighted.

“Afghan delegation met with Saudi Arabia officials to send laborers to Saudi,” she noted.

She added that in order to train professional laborers, the ministry will establish 46 vocational training centers.

“We are also working to empower three million women and provide them with job opportunities in next ten years.”

Head of Labor Union Maroof Qaderi, said that the government must pave the ground for investment in the country to fight joblessness.

He urged the government to reactivate factories and step up efforts to extract mines.

Deputy Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries Khanjan Alokozai said that private investment could be a good alternative to overcome unemployment challenges.

He said that private sector was willing to invest, but insecurity and kidnapping issue is the main problem before invest mentors in the country.

It is required of government to boost up security for traders to invest and create job opportunities across the country.

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