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Interregional workshop: "Local partnerships serving job-seekers and companies"

07.09.2016 to 08.09.2016



7 Septembre

Cérémonie d’ouverture


M. Edmond Comlan Amoussou, General Director of ANPE


M. André Nyanga Elanga, President of AASEP and WAPES vice president


Mme Lenka Kint, WAPES Executive Secretary

M. George Kwawu AIDAM, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Primary , Secondary , Head of Technical and Vocational Education , representing the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Administrative Reform




TABLE RONDE 1                                      Q&R

local partnership , general , challenges, experiences



Pierre Georgin

Introduction on employment disparities

Zoom on the necessary implementation of local partnerships that enable the involvement of all stakeholders in PES



François Ekoko

Employment opportunities and job agencies in the south -south context and triangular cooperation


Philippe Bardiaux

The economic dimension of the local partnership . Good financial management and funding


Bernadette Thomas

The prerequisite for the establishment of local partnerships , good governance systems


ANPE of TOGO , organization , projects , partnerships


TABLE RONDE 2                                               Q&R

The good practices of local partnership


Christophe Ngompe Mambou

" Special Program of urban jobs "


Frédéric Tacchino

" Pôle emploi : regionalization strategy , Illustrations "


Ramazan Begboga

" Local Partnerships "


Evelyne Vaillant

Introduction du film et présentation générale 5’

Projection d’un film 10’ sur le projet ProFoPej/GIZ

Ayoub Hassoun

  " Local partnerships serving job seekers and businesses "


Pierre-Ange Désiré Danho

 " Local partnerships serving job seekers and businesses "



Guylaine Bilodeau

 " Local partnerships serving job seekers and businesses "



8 Septembre

Lancement des travaux de la Cité des Métiers de Lomé


 Registration: In order to facilitate the organization of the event, we invite you to fill in the online registration form before 29 July 2016.

The world of employment is constantly evolving and is subject to significant structural changes. As a result, the expectations of companies with regard to recruitment are also evolving and may bring to light shortcomings in training, particularly in terms of the compatibility of that training with the jobs being offered.

At the same time, achieving a significant reduction in the number of job-seekers represents an important challenge in the vast majority of countries, bringing with it the necessity to take responsibility for vulnerable groups in particular.

The NEPs (National Employment Policies) established by these countries are generally very clear as to the importance of this issue and set out to determine strategic aims with regard to such matters.

The vast majority of them address the issues of improving the ability to absorb the workforce, improving access for vulnerable groups (disabled people, young people, women and migrants), strengthening the governance of the labour market and improving the employability of the workforce, which are included in clear directives that are then transformed into Action Plans.

Public Employment Services are, of course, on the front line when it comes to deploying the actions set out in these national policies.

They must be able to understand and anticipate the requirements of the local labour market (which abilities, skills and profiles are required?) in order to pursue the most relevant course of action.

They must also implement tailored services covering employment, guidance and training within the scope of the missions with which they have been tasked, and all for a wide audience presenting with a variety of problems.

The task at hand is immense and raises the obvious question of whether or not the PESs possess the competences to deal with such a broad spectrum of problems.

However, it must be noted that public partners, as well as private partners and associations, have been active in the field of employment for a number of years now and have been able to provide support for specific people, projects, territories, etc., and have therefore been able to make an effective contribution to the tackling of the issue of unemployment.

Unfortunately, the widespread absence of mechanisms to ensure the coordination of all of the stakeholders involved (bringing together the public sector, the private sector, civil society organisations and technical and financial partners) could result in shortcomings in the coordination of activities carried out in order to promote employment.

In reality, this lack of coordination results, on the one hand, in duplication of effort that slows down or even cancels out the implementation of certain strategic plans that are, however, indispensable to the actual promotion of employment and, on the other hand, in bringing about a significant reduction in the visibility of the sector as a result of the fragmentation of the results of the large numbers of initiatives carried out in isolation.

It is therefore essential that an actual policy be implemented to enable partnerships to be established in order to allow each partner to act within its field of expertise to contribute to our ultimate goal: the reduction of unemployment and poverty.

Although partnership agreements are indispensable amongst certain national organisations, it is now clearly recognised that it is at the local level that actions of coordination between partners can prove to be effective, particularly in view of the territorialisation policies that have been put in place.

The aim of these local partnerships is to create lasting systems of cooperation between stakeholders and public, para-public, private or associative bodies in order to develop and implement local employment policies.

These partnerships are multifaceted. They can be bilateral, multilateral or can even take the form of actual physical structures bringing together a whole range of services provided by different partners in a single location, however, regardless of the form that they take, the aim is always to achieve the complementarity of the competences of these stakeholders, each of which is recognised as legitimate in its own field.

Against this backdrop, the Public Employment Services have a central role to play as, in the vast majority of countries, they represent the structures put in place by the government in order to implement national employment policies.

Local authorities are also important or even indispensable partners, as they are concerned with creating local jobs with a view to contributing to the development of their areas or, in some cases, to slow down the depopulation of rural areas.

In order to enable practices to be shared with regard to these issues and to work together to define the terms under which the partnerships of tomorrow will be concluded, the Agence Nationale Pour l'Emploi [National Employment Agency - ANPE] in Togo has organised an event on the subject of "Local partnerships serving job-seekers and companies", which will take place in Lomé on 7-8 September 2016.

This event will bring together the Directors and Management Teams of Public Employment Services from a number of countries as well as people specialising in these issues from international organisations, the public and private sectors and associations.


Aims of the workshop


The aim of this interregional workshop is to provide participants with the opportunity to share their experiences and to identify good practices, which will allow them to provide improved support to investors and companies to enable them to recruit successfully, taking into account each of their inherent constraints and their ability to adapt to their environment in the broadest sense of the word.


Two round tables will be hosted on this subject, bringing together national participants, PES experts and international organisations:


First round table:

The aim of this round table is to present good practices that are valued by employers and investors.


Second round table:

This second round table aims to present a number of examples of successful local partnerships between Public Employment Services and local authorities, organisations providing training and guidance and private partners.


The majority of speakers will be PESs and partners that have entered into a partnership of this nature



The morning of the second day will be dedicated to the inauguration of the Lomé Cité des Métiers.