The 17th edition of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Regional Seminar for Labor-Based Practitioners started here on Monday to discuss issues related to employment-intensive investment approach toward achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The five-day seminar has brought together practitioners, policymakers, funding and development partners and others involved in infrastructure development from the African region and beyond to the venue at the headquarter of the African Union.
Sub-themes at the seminar include conducive investment and infrastructure development policies; technology options for pro-employment and sustainable infrastructure; job creation and resilience through infrastructure; and local capacity building initiatives through South-South cooperation.
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, said Okutho, who is also ILO special representative to the AU and the Economic Community of Africa.
Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen and Minister of Transport Ahmed Shide spoke at the opening of the seminar.
Shide noted that Africa is still facing challenges of unemployment, underdevelopment, and poverty, despite impressive economic growth over the last decade.
The regional seminar for labor-based practitioners is held every two years in different countries. Benin hosted the previous one in 2015. Enditem