AMONG the promises the Patriotic Front (PF) made as an opposition political party was that of creating jobs, that was the 'song' sang at every rally President Michael Sata addressed which chorused into 'more money in the people's pockets'.
Jobs and quality ones for that matter are important not only to the citizens, but as a source of income generation and a base for a national economic platform too.
Between job creation and 'money in people's pockets', the former comes first, as it is through working that the later could come into fruition.
That can be said as a pure case of 'teaching people how to fish, than giving them fish.
As we speak today, more than 326,480 jobs have been created in various sectors of the economy since the PF took office in 2011.
By that, the PF Government has set job creation as one of the major strategies to reduce poverty among Zambians.
In ensuring that a wide range of sectors have a fair share, jobs totaling 174,052 have been created in arts and entertainment, tourism accounting for 44,292 jobs while the services industry has 31, 336 jobs.
In electricity, gas and water sub-sectors 27,369 jobs have been created, while road construction has 16,457 jobs.
Other sectors are education with10, 099, finance, banking 5,521, community, social and personal 4,329, health 3,127, agriculture, forestry and fishing 3,185, transport and communication 3,625 and others 3,088 jobs.
Going by the aforesaid, the lucid behind a wide spread out job creation strategy, therefore means that every other profession benefits and its trainees are fully utilised.
And if the economy has to reach every corner of Zambia, Government deliberately created 2,976 jobs in Lusaka, 1, 173 in Central, while Copperbelt has seen 1,587, people employed.
Eastern Province has 1,540 people employed , Luapula 1,819, Muchinga 2,366, Northern 1, 973, North Western 578, Southern 1,132 and Western Province 1, 313 people.
That said, Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda's 2014 Budget presentation which spelt out K3,000 Pay-As-You-Earn from K2, 200 would translate into retention of income into workers' pockets.
We can take a look at the Chinese economy that has been grown by having most of its citizens getting engaged in all manner of jobs all over the world, every single earning thereof helps build China.
There is no doubt that economic growth is a related to job creation, capital and total factor which is productivity.
The PF Government has therefore, proved that job creation has been placed at the centre of economic framework than a residual of it as had been the case in the previous governments.