Afghanistan's Labor Union (ALU) on Tuesday sharply criticized Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) for not having a clear strategy to create job opportunities for unemployed people in the country.
According to ALU, currently 1,000 seats are vacant in government departments, but due to a lack of cooperation between MoLSAMD and other government departments, the seats have not yet been filled.
ALU also said 8.5 million qualified people are in the country but only a small percentage of them have permanent jobs.
“Government does not have a clear plan to create job opportunities. Every day the number of unemployed people increases and now hundreds of educated youths are jobless and it is worrying,” said Abdul Maroof Qaderi, ALU head.
According to the union, the Afghan government has implemented short term employment projects, but this has not been enough to address unemployment problems in the country.
Parliament Members (MPs) meanwhile said the lack of capacity and cooperation between government departments is a key reason behind unemployment in the country.
“Lack of capacity and cooperation between government departments is a reason that job opportunity plans are not implemented,” said MP Sayed Hassan Sharifi Balkhabi.
MoLSAMD however said the ministry is working with other government departments to create job opportunities.
The ministry also said they have finalized a plan to send Afghan workers to foreign countries for work and this will soon be implemented.
“We have prepared the strategy to send Afghan workers to foreign countries. We will try to send more workers out of the country and that will help us solve the unemployment problem,” said Abdul Fatah Ashrat Ahmadzai, spokesman for MoLSAMD.
MoLSAMD also said they will establish 46 vocational training centers in different provinces in which students will learn technical and vocational skills.