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NAIROBI, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Kenya launched the global labor market strategy on Monday, aiming to bolster labor migration and reduce the country's unemployment rate.

Shadrack Mwadime, principal secretary of the State Department for Labor and Skills Development, told journalists in Nairobi, Kenya's capital, that the strategy establishes a framework for coordinating foreign labor migration management across various government ministries, departments and agencies.

"This strategy outlines short-term, medium-term and long-term goals aimed at streamlining labor migration and facilitating foreign employment opportunities to address unemployment, particularly among the youth," Mwadime said.

According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the country received about 4 billion U.S. dollars in diaspora remittances in 2022.

Mwadime said that the strategy also includes guidelines for negotiating bilateral labor migration agreements with key destination countries to enhance the protection of Kenyan migrants and ensure a consistent flow of job opportunities.

The strategy advocates for safe, organized, and regular migration by ensuring the fair and ethical recruitment of Kenyan laborers, aiming to provide them with decent treatment and protection as migrant workers, he added.

According to Mwadime, the government will set up a national steering committee and a technical coordinating committee to oversee the implementation of the strategy.

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