The Agrarian Issues and the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committees heard the Report of the Government on the Planning and Realization of the Employment Policy
The Committees at the joint sitting heard the Report of the Government on Planning and Realization of the Employment Policy, including information on the activities by the accountable institutions since the enactment of the Law on Facilitation of Employment (September 1, 2021). The Bill aims at facilitation of the employment of the citizens, implementation of the active labor market policy, development of the free entrepreneurship and competition and equal accessibility for the Georgian citizens to the state employment programs. The certain directions provided in the Report were introduced by the First Deputy Environmental Minister, Giorgi Khanishvili, Director of the LEPL Environmental Information and Education Center, Tamar Aladashvili, Deputy Labor Minister, Tamila Barkalaia, and the Deputy Education Minister, Valerian Gobronidze.
The reporters answered the questions of the Committees. “There are several directions where the Environmental Ministry works on the employment policy. The key role amongst them is attached to the agricultural development projects, the significant part of which is directed to the improvement of the employment policy. Since the “Georgian Dream” assumed the authority and started the development of agriculture, the amount of the initial production in agriculture constituted 2 bl. 400 ml GEL, while today this figure achieves 7 bl. GEL. It is as well noteworthy that we annually increase the export capacity and in 2021, despite the pandemic, drastically increased the exported products – by 1 bl. 143 ml USD, which have been doubled as a result of the programs”, - G. Khanishvili stated and informed MPs about the programs and projects in the agricultural direction increasing the number of the employees – 60 000 new job opportunities created.
As he noted, facilitation of the agrarian and environmental education is one of the key priorities. The country encounters a lack of professionals in various spheres and this is a problem to be urgently eliminated. T. Barkalaia dwelt on the activity of the Employment Agency, including the active labor market policy, and V. Gobronidze overviewed the role of vocational education in employment.
The Chair of the Agrarian Committee, Nino Tsilosani stated that employment is one of the priorities and hence, the attention of the authorities is directed to the employment policy.
“We want to be self-critical. We still have to do much in this direction and we shall joint outline certain steps to further improve the employment situation. It is noteworthy that through the agrarian programs we create the job opportunities, though it is not enough. I believe that the Parliament shall make special accents, at least in the form of the thematic inquiries to ensure the in-depth study of the situation, identify the deficit of certain professions and issue respective recommendations”. The Committees took note of the report.