Government of Malawi has requested one of the global leading beverage companies, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa to clearly state their plans for skills transfer outlining a deliberate succession plan for skills development to empower and equip the labourforce.
The call comes at a time when there are numerous complaints that until now there are some investors who have not yet clearly outlined their plans for skills transfer or put in place deliberate succession plans to empower and equip the locals.
Speaking at a cocktail when she presided over the launch of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Lilongwe Labour Minister, Vera Kamtukule said it is only through the deliberate succession plan for skills transfer that will empower and equip the Labour force.
“The entry of Coca-Cola into the market means they are here for the long haul and that to us is a strategic partner in the implementation of our national vision, the MW2063 but for us to achieve this there is needs for meaningful participation of our SMEs, especially among the youth and women,” Kamtuke said. .
“Although Coca-Cola seem to be here for the long haul, they need to clearly state their plans for skills transfer with a deliberate succession plan that will empower and equip the labour force and that’s being a partner in our national vision, the MW2063.
She then reminded the management of the beverages manufacturer that the success story of any company over and above the profits they make, is the impact they contribute on people’s welfare in line with government’s wealth creation agenda.
Kamtukule, then requested Coca-Cola to work with the Ministry of Labour in identifying the critical skills needed in the industrial sector so that government can align technical colleges to produce the necessary skilled workers.