Workshop on Creating and Sustaining jobs in Kenya on 20th July 2017, Fairview Hotel, Nairobi
KiPPRA’s Executive Director Dr. Rose Ngugi, giving an opening remarks – workshop on Creating and Sustaining jobs in Kenya
In the course of its research work, KIPPRA collaborates and exchanges ideas with stakeholders in specific areas of study. It is in this regard that the Institute hosted an inaugural Policy Seminar on ‘Creating and Sustaining Jobs in Kenya’ to take stock and deliberate on the factors explaining the dynamics in Kenya’s job market.
The workshop, which was held at the Fairview Hotel on July 20th 2017, attracted participants from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Kenya Bankers Association, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Micro and Small Enterprise Authority (MSEA), State Department of Labour and Social Protection, Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE), Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), International Labour Organization, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Federation of Kenya Employers, Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) and representatives from private sector.
In her opening remarks, KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi noted that in spite of various policies, interventions, programmes and projects directed at boosting job creation, unemployment persists, especially among the youth. Dr Ngugi noted that while job turnover is normal in the labor market, it was important to take measures that could stem job losses and enhance coping mechanisms. Two presentations on the current scenario and various dynamics in Kenya’s job market were made by KIPPRA staff: Dr Eldah Onsomu and Boaz Munga.
Participants deliberated on policies and strategies that can be put in place to enhance job creation as well as how key stakeholders are adapting to the changing economic and technological developments in the labour market. They also came up with innovative interventions that could be adopted to ensure sustainable job creation as Kenya prepares its third medium term plan (MTP III).
Among the issues raised include the need to:
- Transform the economy and diversify production processes in order to create more jobs;
- Increase share of labour force in formal employment as share of total employment through modernizing agriculture, manufacturing and focusing on high value services;
- Upgrade technology to increase productivity and improve livelihoods;
- Create opportunities for production that make growth inclusive and reduce poverty and inequality;
- Accelerate and sustain inclusive growth through intensifying non rain fed agriculture, developing agriculture oriented industries and expanding services;
- Increase competitiveness by setting an environment for businesses to flourish and effective value chains to major markets locally, regionally and internationally;
- Increase productivity gains in farms and in manufacturing. Since 60 per cent of the population lives in rural areas and depend on agriculture; therefore, increasing agricultural productivity would be a powerful way to raise incomes and improve livelihoods.
- Boost domestic private savings and investments;
- Attract private foreign investments;
- Build and maintain physical infrastructure;
- Promote high technology exports;
- Revitalize employment services;
- Facilitate technology acquisition;
- Enhance effective coordination in design and implementation of job creation programmes.
Mr. Phares, a policy analyst at KIPPRA moderating the workshop
Dr. Eldah, a senior policy analyst at KIPPRA presenting -Job Losses in Kenya