By John Lee.
The Undersecretary of the Iraqi Ministry of Labour, Dara Yara, has said that unemployment in Iraq will be eliminated by 2016 under a new “strategic plan”.
According to the Labor Ministry’s figures, about 16% of Iraq’s workforce is unemployed, but other estimates put the figure much higher.
“We are working on eliminating unemployment in Iraq and for that purpose we have designed a strategic plan that will be put into effect next week.”
Under the plan, the Iraqi labor Ministry will train unemployed people in 33 trades so that they can set up their own businesses.
“These 33 professions have been selected according to Iraqi market’s current need for them [so] the unemployed will be trained on a profession that is needed by the Iraqi market.”