THE Government should set up an autonomous employment bureau that matches the labour market demand and supply, a report has recommended.
â€œThe bureau will keep an up-to-date record of all people in the labour market including those who are employed and the unemployed with their capabilities so that employers can easily access this information,â€ the finance ministryâ€™s poverty monitoring and analysis unit report read.
The bureau can also serve as a focal point for identifying training opportunities for Ugandans that are relevant to their professions and link them to the training institutions.
The report says creation of employment needs agricultural modernisation through increased public investment beyond the 3%-4% portion of the Budget it has been allocated for about two decades to 10% as was recommended in the Maputo Declaration.
â€œThis level of public investment is necessary for the agricultural sectorâ€™s growth rate to improve to 6%.â€
Agricultural modernisation should be coupled with rural industrialisation that promotes development of small and medium scale industries, land reforms and technological advancement.
â€œThe Government should facilitate land reforms so that this important resource is released for large scale investments that can reap economies of scale as has been done in Malaysia and many successful Asian countries.â€
The Government could also work with non-governmental organisations to devise employment schemes for the youth.
â€œThe Government should support the informal sector by improving the infrastructure, legal and regulatory constraints, addressing the problem of inadequate finance, limited business development services and poor marketing problems.â€
â€œIncreased access to low-interest loans, land, water and electricity are critical to enhancement of growth of informal sector enterprises,â€ it added.
Govt told to set up employment bureau