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Gender Ministry Launches Labour Productivity Task Force

In an effort to address low labour  productivity in Uganda, Ministry of Gender and labour has launched national  task force on labour productivity enhancement.

The team that comprise  of officials from labour unions, employers, Ministries and agencies will be mandated to carry out labour surveys country wide.

Permanent Secretary  James Ebitu says available human capital reports such as man power survey, labour force surveys and capacity needs assessment in the oil and gas recognize that Uganda should human resources are underdeveloped. The report also highlight that the country should human resources lack positive mind set towards work, appropriate technology, skills and capital.

“Uganda is regarded as one of the countries with abundant natural resources and good climate but it has not attained economic takeoff as envisaged in vision 2040.This is partly attributed  to low levels of labour productivity, high dependence on subsistence agriculture  among others,”Ebitu said.

Gender Minister Janat Mukwaya inaugurating the task force said unemployment, under employment and  low labour productivity in Uganda has been partly caused by absence of a functional national productivity system. The national task force will generate information on sectoral labour productivity, evaluate labour productivity enhancement strategies and propose solutions for low productivity and provide guidelines on development of industry productivity plans.

Gender ministry task force will register progress

She further said the team will take lead in advocating for functional national productivity centre, fostering cooperation between the private sector and government

“it is my sincere  hope that once the national task force has undertaken its tasks effectively and efficiently we will be able to register progress towards achieving the upper middle in one status,” Mukwaya said.

She advised  the new task force to  carry out country wide baseline survey and studies to document Labour productivity in the country saying this help the country come out with labour productivity  challenges and address them.

Coftu Chairman General  Turyamureeba Milton welcomed the initiative saying this will improve labour productivity in this country.

“Labour Productivity in Uganda is low. With this task force in place every we expect all labour challenges efficiently  improved but task force should address all  mind set and cultures  to pursue critical  skills gaps,” he said.

“We need to find out why Ugandans are lazy why employers want foreigners and the  habits of our people despising jobs should stop but also our curriculum should be improved and much emphasize be put on technical skills training,” he added.

He anticipated that the new task force will bring lasting solution to low labour productivity in the country.

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