Following the official invitation from his Indian counterpart, the Zanzibar Minister of Labour, Economic Empowerment and Cooperatives Honourable Haroun Ali Suleiman made a study visit to the Republic of India from 28th – 30th May, 2013.
Hon. Haroun who was accompanied by the Assistant Registrar of Cooperatives – Pemba, Mr. Abdi Hamza Maalim, the Executive Secretary of the Cooperative Union of Zanzibar Limited – CUZO, Mr. Hussein Ali Feresh and the Official from the Mission successfully accomplished the three day programmed visit which involved meetings with prominent Dignitaries of the Indian Ministry of Labour and Employment including his host Hon. Mallikarjun Kharge as well as the field visit to various Vocational Training Institutions namely Vocational Training Provider [VTP] at Najafgarh; Industrial Training Institute [ITI] at Dhirpur and Don Bosco Industrial Training Institute [ DBITI] at Okhla in New Delhi.
Meeting with the DG Employment & Training Officials:
Preceding the respective field visit to the above mentioned Vocational Training Institutions, Hon. Minister Haroun and his Delegation had an opportunity to interact with the team of officials in the office of Directorate General, Employment & Training of the Indian Ministry of Labour & Employment which was led by its Director General Mr. Sharda Prasad at the Ministry’s premises, Shram Shakti Bhawan, New Delhi. The delegation was also acquainted with information relating to Indian Labour Market Information System [LMIS].
During their conversations, the Director General Prasad further explained about characteristics of the LMIS System in which he said among other things it sanction the collection of employment market information from employers [Compulsory Notification of Vacancies Act, 1959]. He also held that the System covers both public [except Defence Force] and private sectors of non-agricultural establishment which employ ten or more persons and it’s obligatory for all establishments employing 25 or more person.
The Director General Prasad also talked about various existing challenges which continue to limit the implementation [coverage strength] of the LMIS. Somme of those challenges which he mentioned are employment in the un-organised sector, self employment, part time employment, employment in agricultural/allied establishments, employment in household sector and non-agricultural establishments employing less than 10 workers in private sector, employment in Defence Forces and employment in Indian Embassies and Mission abroad in which the System still does not cover.
In his remarks, the Zanzibar Minister of Labour, Economic Empowerment and Cooperatives Hon. Haroun Ali Suleiman on behalf of the other accompanying Delegates expressed his gratitude and appreciations to the Ministry of Labour and Employment of the Government of India for the cordial hospitality the great honour accorded to himself and his entire delegation and also for positive reflection to their visit beside their intense governmental errands. Hon Haroun referred the Indian Government attitude as a clear gesture of generosity and sincere willingness to promote a longstanding mutual cooperation between the two countries.
Hon. Minister affirmed the objectives of their visit as to exchange views with the Ministry’s [Labour and Employment] authority by exploring practicable ways of deepening and solidifying their Ministerial cooperation for the mutual benefit of their peoples and their respective Governments. Hon Minister also expressed his Zanzibar Government enthusiasm to learn from the experience and commendable achievements of the Indian Government especially in employment, skills development Vocational Trainings, human resources management as well. Hence, he said, the visit will vastly avail him and the entire delegation with a great opportunity to seize comprehensive knowledge related to labour market and the allied sectors and accordingly integrates the behavior into the employment development strategies of the Zanzibar Government.
Meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment:
Welcoming the Honourable Minister and his delegation, the Indian Minister of Labour and Employment Hon. Mallikarjun Kharge expressed his profound gratefulness and appreciation to the Honourable Minister himself as well to the Government of Zanzibar [Tanzania] for visiting India which he explained as a great honour to the peoples and the Government the Republic of India.
Hon. Mallikarjun Kharge commended a longstanding historical relations and cooperation between people and Governments of Zanzibar [Tanzania] and India which continues to inspire and encouraged further mutual cooperation between the two countries. He said the visit of Hon. Haroun Ali Suleiman, the Minister of Labour, Peoples Economic Empowerment and Cooperatives from Government of Zanzibar will further strengthen and deepen the countries bilateral relations.
He cited some Indian efforts in promoting further Indo-Zanzibar [Tanzania] longstanding cooperation as Indian sponsored skill enhancement and capacity building programmes including Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme; India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) Programme and the proposal for setting up a Vocational Training Centre in Pemba Island which is in the progress. At this juncture, Hon Minister appealed for the Government of Zanzibar to extend full cooperation for implementation of this Vocational Training Centre project.
Talking about Labour Market Information [LMI] Programme Hon Minister held that Programme which was initiated in the year 1956 on pilot basis in Delhi has being carried out by the network of 966 Employment Exchanges spread across the country for creating good opportunities for employment and sustainable employment. The programme and subsequently rolled out across the country.
He further said that the Government of India has also proposed the modernization of Employment Exchanges as one of the Mission Mode Projects under the National e-Governance Plan [NeGP] of Government of India. The project aims to provide speedy and easy access to employment related information to job seekers and employers in which a national web portal will be developed to serve as a virtual job market - storehouse of information on skilled persons required by industry and availability of skilled work force through networking of Industrial Training Institutes/Centres.
Finally Hon. Hon. Mallikarjun Kharge expressed and reaffirmed his Ministry willingness to extend whatever helps may required by the Government of Zanzibar in the field of Training & Skill development.
In response, Hon. Haroun expressed his sincere thanks and gratitude to Hon. Minister, his entire staff and the Government of India as a whole for tireless and commended support to the Government of Zanzibar. Hon. Minister Haroun concurrently suggested a closer and substantial cooperation between Indian Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Zanzibar Ministry of Labour, Economic Empowerment and Cooperatives. To begin with the Minister proposed the constitution of joint technical Committee which will oversee the preparation of MoU which will set aside great opportunity for both Ministries [countries] to learn from each-other through sharing of knowledge, experience, skills and practices as well as exploring new areas of cooperation for their mutual benefits.
Further recounting on his positive determination to promote the afore proposed closer tie between the two Labour Ministries, Hon. Haroun, extended [verbal] invitation to his counterpart Hon. Mallikarjun Kharge the Minister of Labour and Employment of India and other Senior Officials of the Ministry to visit Zanzibar.
In generally, both sides established to achieve the intended goal of building excellent close sectoral cooperation between their Ministries.
Finally the Zanzibar Minister of Labour, Economic Empowerment and Cooperatives, Hon Haroun Ali Suleiman settled to expedite the process of extending an official [written] invitation to Indian Minister of Labour and Employment.