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800,000 unemployed in Afghanistan

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800,000 unemployed in Afghanistan

Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs are concerned about the current unemployment in Afghanistan and they are apprehensive that the situation may get worse.

Deputy Minister of Labor Zubairudin Kirami at opening ceremony of technical and vocational training seminar in Kabul said that the unemployment problems in Afghanistan should be taken seriously.

“Unemployment and low wages and benefits have always haunted Afghanistan. Today, the unemployment rate in the country is 7.1% which to some might be a very low figure, but this figure encompasses 800,000 individuals with no job. This situation is rather disturbing not only for us but for all of Afghanistan.”

Deputy Kirami added that the vocational and technical training seminar opened in Kabul for 5 days. A number of faculty staff from technical and vocational training centers of the provinces participated in the seminar to seek further training.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Education says that such trainings should be offered according to market demand.

Deputy Minister of Education Asif Nang says, “We should first make our education system in accordance with the market demand otherwise we are heading one way and the market is head the opposite direction. We are hopeful that this seminar will present a strong plan to us, meaning it will help us to fill the market gap easily.”

However, a number of participants find such training seminars merely a show that serves no good purpose. They called on the government to undertake more comprehensive measures to tackle unemployment.

Government officials are discussing that currently hundreds of Pakistanis are working in Kabul. And, and the reason for the employment of Pakistani labors instead of Afghans is that Afghans lack that required capacity.

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