Nepal government with support from World Bank has launched the ‘Youth Employment Transformation Initiative’ project in the country.

Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security Rameshwor Raya Yadav and World Bank Country Director, Nepal, Faris Hadad-Zervos jointly inaugurated the project yesterday.

Financed by the World Bank (WB) to promote domestic employment, the project will enable poor and vulnerable youth gain access to employment, skills development and capacity building opportunities, WB said in a statement.

Aligned with the Prime Minister Employment Program, the $120 million project will be implemented over the next four years with a focus on improving employment services and labor market outcomes, especially for youth.

“With the onset of COVID-19 and the subsequent contraction of the global job market, Nepal’s labor market is also affected with a huge number of job losses. In this context, result-driven implementation of the project at all three levels of the government is of critical importance,” said Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Security, Rameshwor Raya Yadav on the occasion.

“This project plays a crucial role to expand the employment opportunities in the domestic labor market and to set up an automated system of Labor Information Bank and upgrade the Employment Management Information System by consolidating basic labor market information such as profile of the unemployed persons including knowledge, skills, experience and the potential sector for employment along with the demand and supply aspects of the labor market,” added Minister Yadav thanking the development partner for the continual support in the internal labor market strategy of Nepal.

“In addition to the longer term goals of the project, as part of the World Bank’s COVID-19 response, the project funding is being frontloaded this year to support over 75,000 of the most vulnerable unemployed youth at the local level to earn 100 days of wages each through the creation of temporary employment opportunities in the maintenance and upgrading of public infrastructure,” stated World Bank Country Director for Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Faris Hadad-Zervos.

“Working with the government, development partners and the private sector, the World Bank will seek to contribute to a long thread of engagements that align to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable people.”

The project agreement was signed in November 2019 by the Government of Nepal (Ministry of Finance) and the World Bank.

Of the $120 million credit, about 90 percent is allocated to the local levels to create jobs in the maintenance and upgrading of public infrastructure and public services for 100,000 unemployed youth, 60% of whom will be women as per the project’s priority to inclusion.

The project will support 753 Employment Service Centers at the local levels to strengthen the workforce and to provide services in registration, profiling, referral, temporary work placement and on-the-job training.