Members of Parliament, International Labour Organisation, ILO, United Nations Development , UNDP, ministries and the media converged in Harare to validate the UNDP and ILO funded formalisation strategy that is expected to bolster fiscal revenue, indigenous people empowerment among other advances.
The strategy is line with the country’s broader policy emulations of an upper middle income economy by 2030 and is expected to improve a cocktail of measures within the country’s economy.
“It is key to highlight the importance of having a well-crafted, evidence based national strategy which in turn will lead to the improvement in fiscal revenue, regularization of employment, reduced decent work deficits, increased social protection coverage, improvement in productivity, and economic growth as the country moves towards the attainment of an upper middle income under Vision 2030.” The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare, Mr Masanga said in a speech read on his behalf by the Chief Director Fredson Mabhena.
The strategy is expected to improve the way of doing business for the rural population who have seen an increase in their contribution to economic development owing to the growth of the rural industry.
“The Zimbabwean economy has been on the recovery path from 2009 backed by mining and agriculture. However, labour productivity did not improve as labour shifted from urban areas to rural areas were returns are lower.” ILO Representative for Zimbabwe and Namibia, Ms Hopolang Phororo said.
The consultant, Dr Kanyenze noted the key drivers of informality as economy’s inability to create formal jobs, multiple economic challenges since 1997, lack of explicitly pro employment policies, dual and enclave economic structures, capital intensive technology, weak labour absorption capacity of the labour market among other drawbacks.
Legislator’s called for the inculcation of the informal market despite the envisaged need to formalise as a certain constituency would remain informal or start there before formalisation.
The main objective of the workshop was to interrogate the report and avail recommendations while agreeing on the way forward.
“Let me highlight here the main objectives of this validation workshop:1.interogate the draft mapping report, identifying gaps and proffer solutions, and 2.discuss the draft implementation plan and agree on the way-forward.” Mabhena further emphasised.
Calls were made for the process to be sustainability proof through inclusivity.
“There is need to note the much desired inclusive traits of the strategy as it should not leave no one behind including the most vulnerable sectors of the population that include women, disabled, youth among others” Vimbai Chiza The Acting Deputy Director for Employment Services and promotion said.
Formalisation of the labour market has become a global phenomenon as country’s like Rwanda, Chile, Peru have adopted strategies that informed the Zimbabwean process.