State to encourage Ethiopians in civil service

Tuesday, November 07, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Minister of Immigration and Absorption Ze’ev Boim and Civil Service Commissioner Shmuel Hollander have decided that the state will examine the possibility of allocating civil service jobs specially designated to members of the Ethiopian community.

During the meeting, the two examined other ways of expanding the integration of Ethiopians in the civil service and the public sector. Today, there are about 600 Ethiopians working in the civil service, which make up about 1.3 percent of the entire civil service workforce. About 80 of them work in the Ministry of Immigration Absorption alone.

Minister Boim asked the commissioner to implement the cabinet decision which called for affirmative action in favor of Ethiopians and to set special standards for them within the civil service. In addition, the minister mentioned the need for more Amharic language speakers in his ministry.

The commissioner suggested employing a model of “designated” jobs, where the state will give the different government ministries incentives for integrating Ethiopians in their jobs.

Minister Boim will also meet with the Finance Minister and head of the budget department in order to allocate the proper budget for the idea. The meeting will include a presentation of the current involvement of Ethiopians in the civil service. Boim said Monday that “the civil service needs to lead the message to society that integrating Ethiopians in employment in encouraged.”

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