Gov’t to set up manpower body to curb unemployment

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THE government has announced plans to establish a National Manpower Planning Council to reduce unemployment and channel human resources into growth industries.

Speaking during the 12th session of the Legislative Council (LegCo) yesterday, the minister of energy and industry at the Prime Ministers’ Office said current efforts to reduce unemployment were not effective and that the manpower council would take a more holistic approach to workforce planning.

“The National Manpower Planning Council… will get real-time feedback on existing policy and will improve data collection and management to match the labour needs of the public and private sector,” said Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar.

Brunei’s unemployment rate stands at 6.9 per cent, according to the Department of Economic Planning and Development.

The minister said a competency framework, similar to the one used in the energy industry, would be drawn up to identify which jobs will be required in Brunei over the long-term.

“For the oil and gas sector, accurate data collection has become the bedrock on which effective strategies have been built to meet the requirements of the industry.”

He added that the council will also channel more human resources to growth industries such as tourism, hospitality and construction.

YB Pehin Dato (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin later told _The Brunei Times _that the council will be set up “no later than June”, with a framework aimed at training and education, labour market regulation and the development of industry-specific policies.

“We need to produce the right people for industry and the country’s requirements, and we will be looking at manpower competency across the board – not just the energy industry, but tourism and other sectors as well.”

The minister added that the manpower council will operate under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Brunei Times