NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya seeks to export 1 million skilled laborers
annually in order to boost diaspora remittances, an official
said on Friday.
Ukur Yatani, cabinet secretary,
ministry of labor and social protection, told a media briefing
in Nairobi there are currently 4 million Kenyans living and
working abroad who last year remitted 270 billion shillings (2.7
billion U.S. dollars) back to the country.
"We are going to prioritize the export of skilled labor in
order to boost employment opportunities for Kenyans and enhance
foreign exchange inflows into the country," Yatani said during
the official launch of the National Employment Authority (NEA).
NEA has already facilitated the placement of over 40,000 job
seekers in Kenya and abroad.
Yatani said that there will be direct government involvement
in identifying, sourcing, and securing employment opportunities
for Kenyans in the country and beyond.
According to the ministry of labor, this year alone, the
government aims to create 1.2 million jobs to absorb the
ever-increasing number of entrants in the labor market.