The African Development Bank (ADB) has made US $7million available to the Mozambican government to finance a project to promote employment and entrepreneurial activities. The bank will work with the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security to implement the project through professional training in various spheres. Staff from the two institutions will work to identify areas that will benefit from ADB support.

Deputy Labour Minister Oswaldo Petersburgo received a team from the ADB on 1 June. He stressed that the Ministry is working with the private sector and with the country’s cooperation partners in order to implement viable job creation programmes. The government’s Five Year Programme for the 2015-2019 period, approved by parliament in April, sets the target of creating 1.5 million new jobs over that period. The ADB support will be beneficial, added Petersburgo, since the Ministry is restructuring the areas which deal with employment and professional training in order to bring them into line with the demands of the labour market.

He said that the recently established Labour Market Observatory is one of the areas that merits ADB support, particularly in installing a labour market information system. The Observatory is the institution that gathers, processes and publicizes information on the labour market, which will allow investors and other stakeholders to obtain relevant data which they need in order to take decisions. Other priority areas in the Ministry’s partnership with the ADB include modernization of job centers and expanding the professional training mobile units, so as to allow more citizens to gain access to the courses they offer.