May 30, 2010

Degree of imbalance?

It is a sad if not an appalling circumstance, to experience various job postings assigned to foreign individuals who in my view have caused a steep rise in the level of unemployment in the country, as of present. I believe that the situation is accelerated by lack of government regulation and intervention in such matters which has resulted in various foreign and local entities to source human capital from abroad.

I would like to disregard the fact that Tanzanians are unfit for those respective posts in form of qualifications or expertise. In the last decade or so, various measures have been instituted and adopted by governmental organizations with assistance from donors abroad. This has increased the output of qualified labor in the market and given a potential pool to choose from, for various employers in the industry. However, this has been ignored by donor-funded organizations and the matter is also pertinent to local companies in different sectors such as banking, telecommunications and mining.

As a Tanzanian citizen and resident, I have observed the trend over the last few years but never has it been so detrimental to our locals. It has resulted in hardships for able and qualified personnel resulting in juggling jobs to stay afloat with stable income or for some; social distress causing paralysis of income.

It is at this juncture that private and public stakeholders should promote social justice in this imbalance of equality for the betterment of our nation as a whole. We have witnessed relative inefficiencies in public management and tinge of ignorance from the relevant authorities.

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