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Kenya seeks to export 1 million skilled laborers annually in order to boost diaspora remittances, an official said on Friday.

Ukur Yatani, cabinet secretary, ministry of labor and social protection, told a media briefing in Nairobi there are currently 4 million Kenyans living and working abroad who last year remitted 270 billion shillings (2.7 billion U.S. dollars) back to the country.

“We are going to prioritize the export of skilled labor in order to boost employment opportunities for Kenyans and enhance foreign exchange inflows into the country,” Yatani said during the official launch of the National Employment Authority (NEA).

NEA has already facilitated the placement of over 40,000 job seekers in Kenya and abroad.

Yatani said that there will be direct government involvement in identifying, sourcing, and securing employment opportunities for Kenyans in the country and beyond.

According to the ministry of labor, this year alone, the government aims to create 1.2 million jobs to absorb the ever-increasing number of entrants in the labor market. Enditem

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