. . . ultimate goal is to create 3 000 green, decent jobs for youths
By Alois Vinga
THE International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Embassy of Sweden have injected US$3 million towards the creation of jobs through environmentally sustainable enterprises.
The project is expected to run for the next three years and will support and stimulate the market for green products and access to skills for green jobs.
Swedish ambassador to Zimbabwe, Sofia Calltorp, said her government takes issues to do with the environment seriously.
“Sweden gives high priority to the creation of green and decent jobs, particularly for youth and women. We believe that productive, sustainable and decent work is key to green economic development and the reduction of poverty, particularly in light of the dual challenge of climate change and youth unemployment,” she said.
ILO country director for Zimbabwe, Hopolang Phororo , said green jobs were inseparable from decent work.
“Decent work is central to the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs). It calls for effective and innovative partnerships, such as the one we have with the Government of Sweden, to respond to the many challenges and opportunities presented by SDGs”, she said.
After the three-year period, Zimbabwe is expected to have an improved pool of sustainable small to medium enterprises (SMEs), where young men and women equipped with green technical and entrepreneurial skills implement economic activities in the green economy.
“The ultimate goal is the creation of 3 000 green and decent jobs for young women and men, through sustainable enterprises. It is also aimed at answering the sustainable growth, productivity and jobs questions by focusing on gender equality, green skills, green entrepreneurship and responsible business practices,” said the partners in a joint statement.
The project will promote innovative green oriented male and female owned SMEs, giving them access to financial and non-financial business development services. It will also grow new and existing SMEs towards greener management practices, increased productivity and cleaner production processes and ensure gender sensitive working conditions.
The project will also build the capacity of technical vocational education and training institutions and business development service providers.