Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) says if it forms the next government through the 20 May tripartite elections, it will not prioritise labour exports but create jobs for youths in the country.
Speaking in an interview with Weekend Nation, UDF spokesperson Ken Ndaga said labour export is not the best solution to the unemployment problem facing the country.
“There is nothing wrong with labour export, but if as a nation we take it as a priority, then we are wrong. As UDF, we will make sure that the first thing should be fixing the economy of this country so that entrepreneurs and companies should have a conducive environment for their business.
“This will enable many Malawians including youths to get employment. Therefore, there will be no need for government to send Malawians to work in foreign countries.”
UDF’s reaction follows government’s decision to send at least 800 youths to work abroad in a labour export deal, as announced by Minister of Sports and Youth Development Enock Chihana.
Government last year announced the labour deals with countries such as South Korea, Qatar and Dubai with the aim of reducing unemployment in the country.