The Jobs Creation Commission is established in 2018 under the regulation 435/2018 promulgated by the Council of Ministers mandated with the authority to lead the Job Creation agenda, coordinate stakeholders, monitor and evaluate performance with the vision of creating a country where all have access to decent and sustainable jobs. With a mission to drive Job Creation through innovation and action, the Commission aims to facilitate the creation of 3 million jobs by 2020, 14 million by 2025, and 20 million by 2030.

The Commission has surpassed the National goal of enabling the creation of 3 million Job opportunities and achieved creating 3,387,079 opportunities within the Ethiopian Fiscal Year (FY). Out of the total number, 62% (2,099,989) were permanent jobs, 38% (1,287,090) temporary jobs with gender share of 35.5% (1,202,413) female and 64.5% (2,184,666) male. 48% of the opportunities (1,625,798) are set in rural areas and 52% (1,761,281) in urban areas. Of the total job opportunities created in the 2012 EFY, 330,971 jobs were lost due to the impact of COVID- 19.

One of the major contributors to this success is the highly organized preparation phase. In this period, the formation of the National Investment and Jobs Creation Core Committee- established and led by the Prime Minister and comprising of all Regional President, City Administration Mayors & Ministers; The National Jobs Creation Council – a council presided by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Jobs Creation Commission Commissioner serving as the Secretary-General, mandated to Coordinate the National Job creation agenda, evaluate and direct planning and implementation; Core Ministerial Committee- established to oversee the implementation of decisions passed by the National Jobs Creation Council, and Federal & Regional Joint Steering Committee, that meets quarterly to assess sectoral and regional implementation and outcomes, were some of the instrumental steps that guaranteed the high-level attention the agenda received.

Efforts to mobilize the resources needed to support Job Creation have also been successful. Out of the planned 500 million USD, 384.9 million USD (77%) has been raised in the 2012 EFY through our partnerships.

In addition, by promoting its overall mission and vision, the Commission aimed to forge partnerships with 22 Development Partners and successfully partnered with 20 out of which 10 are Donors, 5 Non-Governmental Organizations, and 5 Private sector actors.

The sector lacked a National Plan for Job creation to lead towards the delivery of clear and measurable results. Hence, the Commission developed a 5-year Plan of Action and a 10-year roadmap detailed strategic plan. The process was successfully completed with the participation of private and public sector representatives, entrepreneurs as well as local and international experts and grounded on the experience from 25 countries.

In an effort to create wider employment opportunities, the Commission is working with the private sector and development partners to design and implement innovative projects that have the potential to create a large number of jobs but have not been explored thoroughly yet.

Distributing and delivering fast-moving consumable goods, projects crafted to increase digital applications for payments, on-demand general maintenance services, and developing rural housing projects are some of the notable ones that will span 3 to 5 implementation years and aimed to create job opportunities for 128,000 people. In addition, there are 5 long-term projects initiated by the Commission with a capacity of creating 1.3 million jobs in 5 years.
Service export (deploying skilled and semi-skilled staff to work in other countries, Information Communication Service Delivery and Maritime Employment) are some of the initiatives intuitively designed by the commission and received encouraging buy-in from Sector offices, Consultants and Business entities. After one and a half months of deliberation and analysis, the first 16,000 employees have been deployed.

The Commission has also been mandated to develop a Labor Market Information System in order to improve the quality of data. In response, a mobile application (#etworks), and software to register oversees employments have been developed.

The major setback of the 2012 EFY is the spread of the Corona Virus and its impact, which is also currently a major challenge for the world and our country. The Commission has prepared a short-term response and a long-term recovery plan in relation to the economic and income crisis that could arise from the impact of the spread. Based on the recovery plan, 28 million USD has been raised from donors to support enterprises by providing loan guarantees. In addition, 11 enterprises have been identified for direct financial support, and loan guarantee schemes are being set up on a competition basis.

Prior to the epidemic spread in Ethiopia, the Commission has prepared an analysis and policy alternative responses to mitigate the risk and impact of COVID-19 on jobs and incomes. Based on this research, webinars have been held to disseminate the relevant information. Even though the Nation has achieved the annual job creation target, the epidemic has and will continue affecting the economy in turn put jobs and incomes at risk. This requires a consolidated effort to withstand the burden.

In order to cope with the pressure of COVID-19 and to perform better than this fiscal year, further fund mobilization will continue with additional focus on the implementation of special projects, service exports and youth work culture, skills development, as well as entrepreneurship. The Commission will work diligently with other stakeholders and the private sector to enable the creation of an additional 3 million jobs in the coming fiscal year, inclusive of women, people with disabilities, street youth, and other underprivileged communities.

The Commission would like to express its sincere gratitude to the Federal and State Job Creation actors, development partners as well as sector leads, for their significant leadership and executive role in this year’s success.

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