Turkmenistan addresses youth employment issue amid growing unemployment

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — At the Turkmen Cabinet session on May 24 Deputy Prime Minister Gochmyrat Myradov briefed President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov that a draft of the program for youth adaptation to the changing labor market and employment improvement as well as the relevant action plan had been designed and prepared, Chronicles of Turkmenistan independent news website reported.

The state information agency TDH reports that the program is committed to reviewing the demand for specialists by industry, improving the professional qualification of youth, creating decent living conditions for young professionals and encouraging their employment. The number of jobs which require advanced information and communication technology skills is to be increased.

According to the President, the program must be designed to improve the competitive advantage of youth on the labor market and efficiently use its potential.

Over the past few months the Turkmen authorities have been addressing the issue of employment.

On 29 March, then Deputy Prime Minister Gochmyrat Myradov reported that Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Labor and Social Protection added the new “Employment” section to its website.

On 2 May President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov instructed that new manufacturing facilities be set up and jobs be created in Turkmenistan. On 17 May the head of state called for providing residents of Ashgabat’s new residential neighborhood with jobs.

Meanwhile, the unemployment issue in Turkmenistan is quite burning. According to sources of Chronicles of Turkmenistan, the unemployment level in Ashgabat amounts to 50% whereas, according to Radio Azatlyk, the unemployment level across the country has reached 60%. The unemployed are not registered at the employment offices.

Sergey Kwan

TCA