JHA’s role in Khedmet Watan Initiative
Experts and specialists agreed on the importance of "Khedmet Watan” initiative in supporting the national economy and enhancing productivity, as it is part of the government's priorities for the years 2019-2020.
They indicated to Jordan News Agency (Petra) that this initiative carries a message to support stability and social security by supplying the national economy with professionally qualified young cadres armed with discipline and seriousness.
The initiative aims to qualify twenty thousand male and female beneficiaries in the specializations and professions needed by the market, to promote the idea of belonging and loyalty among Jordanian youth, develop a sense of patriotism, direct youth towards professional work, stimulate entrepreneurial work and a culture of self-employment, and contribute to reducing unemployment and reducing poverty.
The President of the Jordan Hotel Association, Abd al-Hakim al-Hindi, considered that the government's launch of this national development program is an achievement, as it comes in implementation of the royal directives of the government to complete a comprehensive renaissance project whose main axes are the rule of law, production and solidarity that constitute the state of mankind.
He said that the initiative , with its objectives, will contribute to training and empowering Jordanian youth, enhancing their skills in the labor market and meeting the market needs of trained Jordanian workers in all economic sectors, which are an embodiment of the national strategy for developing human resources and Jordan's vision 2025, which was launched under the auspices of a high ownership in 2016, in developing An integrated system for developing human resources and framing the work of the sectors concerned with education, training and rehabilitation.
And because of the requirements of the changing labor market, and given that the outputs of academic education from academic and educational institutions do not meet these requirements and focus more on the theoretical side, this program comes to enhance the skills of young people so that they can get real job opportunities to provide them with a better future and a decent life. On the impact of the program on supporting the economy, he indicated that the employment policy pursued by the government and its continuous cooperation with various economic sectors and touching the real opportunities in employing youth in cooperation with the private sector will have a significant impact in achieving the desired goals. He explained that launching such initiatives and programs would provide job opportunities for young people in various sectors, which in turn contribute to supporting the national economy, sustainable development and reducing poverty and unemployment rates, as the Jordanian labor market needs trained cadres to replace expatriate workers in sectors such as tourism, construction, communications and services. There are thousands of opportunities awaiting Jordanian youth.
He added that the tourism and hotel sector is witnessing an increasing demand from the owners of establishments for Jordanian youth, as the sector is achieving increasing rates in employment and employment in addition to what we are witnessing of new investments in the Dead Sea, Aqaba and the capital Amman.
And he called for the need to direct investments in the tourism field to the governorates so that more opportunities are provided for the people of those governorates in this sector within the framework of the employment and employment policy.
It is noteworthy that, according to the statistics of the year 2017, the rate of economic participation in Jordan by gender amounted to about 62.7 percent among males, and 16.9 percent among females, and the relative distribution of workers among males was 81.6 percent, and 18.3 percent of females, while the unemployment rate between the two genders was about 18.1 percent