Posted: Saturday February 18, 2012 3:04 AM BT

Research on Poverty Alleviation (Repoa) executive-director Prof Samuel Wangwe has underlined creativity and innovation as prerequisite for creating a pool of productive workforce that will help the country achieve sustainable development.

He made the observation when speaking at a forum on employment challenges in the country organised in Dar es Salaam yesterday by the Tanzania Country Level Knowledge Network (CLKnet).

“Creativity and innovation are required in both the public and private sectors,” Prof Wangwe said, adding that the two are important in making individuals, institutions and the country competitive.

He said that the country’s education system need to be improved for it to help in creating a pool of critical thinkers as well as innovative, creative, and confident citizens with required attributes for today’s highly competitive world.

For his part, Acting Director of Employment in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Marrietta Mcha, noted that employment situation remained one of the key challenges in the country.

She stressed on the need to align the education and skills development curricula with the ever changing labour market nationally and internationally. “This requires explicit matching of human resource requirements and supply of educated and skilled labour,” Mcha said.

Director of Crop Development in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Geoffrey Kirenga, said employment challenges in the country could be addressed by adding value to commodities.

“The process of value addition and making our own products will help the country establish factories and industries which will eventually employ many people,” he observed.

He said Tanzania produced a lot of agricultural products that could be processed into finished products.

Clknet programme officer Anselm Namala said that challenges surrounding the problem of unemployment would be overcome through dialogue and information sharing.

A participant, Hamida Tiruganya, who is a university graduate currently seeking job, hailed Clknet for organising the forum. “It has empowered me on various aspects of self employment,” she said.

This article was published in The Guardian newspaper and is also available at the following link: http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=38543
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