Ms Ikupa was speaking at the opening of the fourth voice of social science (VSS) international conference held at the University of Dar es Salaam.
She said a recent study by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) indicated that at least 71 per cent of business people were involved in businesses which do not satisfy their needs.
“Out of 24million Tanzania employees, at least 83.4 per cent were vulnerable employee with about 30 per cent of them having short term contracts which may be terminated any time,” the deputy minister said.
She explained that the government noted that a number of youth were aspiring to be engaged in employment sectors to enable them develop and obtain relevant skills.
However, she said the government has limited employment opportunities and they were working to address the challenges by collaborating with the private sector to create more jobs.
“We are determined to implement the decent work agenda (DWA) for inclusive growth and sustainable development goal number 16 to ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative development efforts,” she said.
According to her, the VSS-17 Tanzania had a bigger working community compared to other countries, but was faced with low attraction amongst youths employees.
She said through social science research, the government would highlight the opportunities and facilities to enable youth have the skills, knowledge and attitude that suit the current employment requirements.
“We want the youth to invest in the business sector which have vast opportunities for self employment,” she said and adding “they shouldn’t wait for government jobs”.
In his welcoming remark, the UDSM Vice-Chancellor Prof. Rwekaza Mukandala said the College of Social Science has made remarkable contribution to the national development policies through research and knowledge exchange.
The research has been done in areas such as governance, management of resources, community building as well as training students and youths for strategic and effective participation in current social economic transformation.
Prof. Mukandala called for the VSS17 to contribute to the promotion of multidisciplinary and sustainable vision of youth training employment and development both in Tanzania and across the African continent.
According to Dr. Alexander Makulilo the CoSS Principal said the conference has in particular reflected on the opportunities and challenges facing youth in Africa.
Themed ‘the youth question and socio- economic development in Africa addresses critical issues pertaining to the position of young people in driving social economic changes in Africa,’ this years’ conference saw 40 papers being presented and deliberated in a panels and plenary sessions by social scientists from within and outside Africa.
Among the topics presented included youth violence and insecurity, youth and unemployment, youth and the demography dividend, politics.