Rab Group of Companies group chief executive officer Ahmed Sunka has asked government to address issues of high taxes, smuggling and vocational training as it embarks on creating one million jobs.
He said this in Blantyre on Thursday during a meeting with Minister of Labour Ken Kandodo and his deputy Vera Kamtukule as part of their consultative meetings to create one million jobs in one year.
Said Sunka: “Smuggling is the key issue we are facing and this is being encouraged by the country’s high tax regime like in the case of beverages, which attracts high excise tax.
“If we are able to cut demand of imported products, then we will see a lot of jobs being created.”
He said giving incentives to investors in rural areas would also help to create jobs in villages, adding that creation of secondary bigger cities would help to check rapid urbanisation.
In his remarks, Kandodo said government is keen to create a conducive environment, which will enable businesses to grow and expand to create more jobs.
He said: “We are on a mission to have a job creation strategy for Malawi and for that, we are consulting employers to find out what they need to create at least one million jobs.
“We have so many people that would want to set up businesses or seek employment,” he said.
Rab Group employs 2 000 people in its five subsidiaries— Rab Processors, Kulimagold, A1 Enterprises, Top Foods and Lifestyle Industries.