The government has announced plans to assist young people find employment overseas to reduce unemployment in the country and help increase diaspora remittances.
President William Ruto on Wednesday said that his administration was working on a number of policies to help youths in the country easily find jobs overseas.
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The Head of State said that the government had already initiated plans to implement the Global Labour Market Strategy to facilitate the process.
The strategy, the President observed, will foster the transfer of knowledge, skills and technology in the country.
Equally, Ruto said that to help expand job opportunities in the country, the government is establishing Special Economic Zones to attract foreign direct investments.
The President said funds have been allocated for the construction of infrastructure in six SEZs.
“Our goal is to expand job opportunities both locally and abroad for our youth,” President Ruto said.
He added that the SEZs will not only offer incentives to investors but also enhance the country’s manufacturing and export capacity.
The Head of State spoke during the Diaspora Investment Conference held on Wednesday at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.
In his address, Ruto also said that the government is implementing robust measures to promote local investment by the diaspora.
He said the Kenyans in the Diaspora play a key role in the development of the country, noting that their contribution through remittances has overtaken the performance of major exports.
“We want to create a seamless network that facilitates, promotes and supports the Diaspora investment at home,” Ruto said.