By S. U. Thoronka
The Senior Policy Analyst in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED), Peter Ganda who incidentally was one of the facilitators noted in his summary presentation that observations envisaged during the training session included but not limited to staff retention which he said was very critical for the operation of the Labour Market Information System (LMIS); Inadequate funds to carry out labour and establishment surveys arising from low budgetary allocation to LMIS; and lack of functional employment exchange centers in the provinces among a host of others.
The Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Mathew Teambo thanked the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) and the Talent Mobility Partnership (TMP) Programme National Working Group for organizing the capacity building workshop wherein labour migration management issues and review of the LMIS proposals were exhaustively discussed.
He said Government is not unaware of the large exodus of the youth population who risk their lives only to enter Europe through Libya across the Mediterranean Sea to seek for greener pastures.
The Minister also acknowledged the fact that Sierra Leone does not have a Labour Market Information System. “As a result policy makers are constrained in the process of employment related policy formulation due to the absence of a reliable and regular labour market statistics for the development of effective labour market policies to create jobs”.
The Minister opined that labour market analysis was important in determining the country’s priorities and for all policy and programme interventions aimed at reducing unemployment and poverty.
He furthered that for decades before now the availability of data on labour and employment situation in the country have been collected from the Sierra Leone Integrated Household Surveys and the Population and Housing Census, conducted by Statistics Sierra Leone.