The 17th edition of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Regional Seminar for Labor-Based Practitioners kicked off on Monday in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to discuss employment-intensive investment approach towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Under the theme “Delivering on the SDGs: The Employment-Intensive Approach,” the seminar has brought together practitioners, policy makers, funding and development partners from the African region and beyond.
The 5-day seminar held at the AU headquarters from Nov. 13 to 17 is expected to discuss new developments, share experiences and ideas on the application of employment-intensive approaches in the delivery of infrastructure.
Initiated in 1990, the seminar has now become an international platform for South-South learning and collaboration on employment promotion, according to George Okutho, ILO Country Director for Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan.
The Seminar addresses policy, institutional, and operational issues that promote environment protection, improved technologies and youth employability among others, said Okutho, who is also ILO Special Representative to the AU and the ECA.
In his opening remarks, Ahmed Shide, Ethiopian Minister of Transport, noted that Africa still faced challenges of unemployment, underdevelopment and poverty, despite impressive economic growth over the last decade.
The seminar sees about 16 high-level presentations and plenary sessions for discussions and experience sharing.
The regional seminar for labor-based practitioners is held every two years in different countries. Benin hosted the 16th edition of the Seminar in 2015. Enditem