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Namibia using GIS to optimise job opportunities

Windhoek, Namibia: Namibia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare is building GIS-based Integrated Employment Information System in collaboration with Social Security Commission. The commission has funded NAD 10 million (NAD – Namibia Dollars).

According to Chief Executive Officer of the Social Security Commission Kenandei Tjivikua, the system will be used in monitoring and tracking of the output of the legislation and ministerial targets, unemployed people, employees and empowerment opportunities. It will also help identify self-employment opportunities and income-generating community-based programmes which will be used to encourage and advise the unemployed to engage in.

Moreover, the funding from the commission will go towards the acquisition of hardware as well as software of the system, while the ministry will fund the consultations, set-up and maintenance of the system in the amount of NAD 6 million..

The Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Immanuel Ngatjizeko pointed out some of the benefits that will be immediately experienced upon implementation of this project. “It is expected that during the implementation of this system, over 200 young people will be employed for the duration of 12 to 18 months. This system will provide a tool set for all government ministries, public and private sector organisations to be able to manage their employment scholarships, internships/attachments and other offerings at no costs to themselves or to the public,” said Ngatjizeko.

Source: New Era