To combat high unemployment rate, the government of Kenya is actively pursuing employment opportunities abroad for qualified Kenyans. In a recent announcement, the government of Kenya said it had made arrangements with different countries to provide Kenyans with lucrative jobs.
To help skilled but jobless Kenyans find work in other countries, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection has signed bilateral labor agreements with seven countries. Only four of the seven agreements (with Saudi Arabia, Germany, South Korea, and Canada) are currently operational.
Florence Bore, Kenya’s Labour Cabinet Secretary (CS), said that the program would help thousands of Kenyans across all levels of government.
According to her, one of the inked agreements is between Kenya and Saudi Arabia, where 130,000 job openings have been set aside for suitably qualified Kenyans.
She also said Kenya was expanding its quest for prospective partners outside the Gulf countries that have historically employed Kenyans.
She said talks with Canada, South Korea, and Germany were well advanced to secure further employment possibilities.
The CS reported that the ministry is preparing job seekers better to take advantage of opportunities abroad.
She further mentioned that to protect Kenyans working abroad; the ministry was currently examining its bilateral labor connections with various nations.
The CS assured the public that they were evaluating targets to fix teething flaws with the scheme, which came while Kenyans were being tortured and mistreated abroad.
The program’s stated goal is to guarantee that all Kenyans who find work overseas are properly classified, paid fairly, and given a conducive working environment.
Bore continued by saying that legislation was being drafted to provide government oversight of the recruitment agencies.
This week, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited Kenya and announced that the country has up to seven million jobs that Kenyans can benefit from. To satisfy Germany’s massive demand for labor, Chancellor Scholz promised to allow 250,000 professionals, skilled and semi-skilled workers from Kenya.