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Govt worried over low productivity levels, as report shows 21% contraction


Government says it is concerned with the continued low levels of productivity in the country, which according to the Zambia productivity report contracted by 21 percent between 2019 and 2020.

Labour and Social Security Minister, Brendah Tambatamba, said the report further showed that in terms of value added per hour in Kwacha terms, real estate industry recorded the highest labour productivity of K161.52 per hour.

Tambatamba said this when she launched the Productivity ZED360 Expert Talk in Lusaka on Tuesday.

She said after the real estate industry, the information and communication industry followed next with K152.22 per hour.

“The industries with the lowest labour productivity were other services at K4.01 per hour and agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries at K7.08 per hour,” Tambatamba said.

She said only five industries registered positive growth in labour productivity namely electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning, mining and quarrying, water supply, sewerage and waste management, real estate as well as information and communications.

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“In terms of growth rate, electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning industry registered labour productivity growth of 319.68 percent in 2020, while agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry experienced contraction of labour productivity growth by 15.78 percent despite being the industry with the highest employment levels of 640, 714,” Tambatamba said.

She said mining and quarrying industry had productivity growth of 35.06 percent and these statistics though negative for some industries must spur government to action.

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