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Executive Committee & Interregional Workshop on the theme: “The role of Public Employment Services in supervising graduates of higher education and prestigious universities.”

14.03.2017 to 16.03.2017




15 March 2017


Venue : Prime Minister Auditorium

Localisation : Plateau – Boulevard Angoulvant

Address : 01 BP 1533 Abidjan 01


Le Plateau, Abidjan


Welcom words: Jean-Louis Kouadia, General Director Agence Emploi Jeunes



Panel 1


The problem of unemployment of graduates of higher education


Moderator: Prof. Alban Emmanuel AHOURE, Director, CAPEC, Ivory Coast




  • Mr. Pierre GEORGIN, Analyst, OECD, France


  • Mr. Bruno Magloire NOUATIN, Demographer Expert, AFRISTAT, Mali


  • Prof. Clément KOUAKOU, Director, CREMIDE, Ivory Coast


  • Q & R





Coffee Break


Panel 2


The problem of Recruitment of young graduates of higher education and prestigious universities


Moderator: Mr. Adama BAMBA, Coordinator, BCPE, Ivory Coast




  • Mr. Tsubasa TAKAHASHI, Official, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan


  • Mr. Amadou Lamine DIENG, Director General, ANPEJ, Senegal


  • Mr. Souleymane TRAORE, Director HR, CFAO Retail, Ivory Coast


  • Mr. Jean N’Guessan YEDESSE, Director General, Management and advice Agency in Human Resources, Ivory Coast


  • Fatou DIABATE, Epistrophe, Ivory Coast





Ivory Coast Tourism: Service offering and youth employment strategy

Welcome and installation of officials and guests


Opening Ceremony

      ·     Speech from WAPES Vice-President for Africa



Speech from WAPES President


Speech from ILO’s office Director



Speech from the Minister of Youth Promotion, Youth Employment and Civic Service


Speech from the Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research


Speech from the Prime Minister



Coffee break


Panel 3


Young graduates from higher education and self-entrepreneurship. Success stories, how the PES can contribute to help project promoters


Moderator: Prof. Bénié Marcel KOUADIO, Counselor, Minister of Commerce, Craft and Promotion of SMEs, Ivory Coast




  • Mr. Nourredine BENKHALIL, Deputy Director General, ANAPEC, Morocco


  • Mr. Pierre DUBUC, co-founder, Openclassrooms, France


  • Mr. Imed GHRAIRI, Chief, Employment Office and self-employment work for Managers in Nabeul, National Agency for Employment and self-employment work, Tunisia


    • Ms. Aïcha OUATTARA VEI, Sales Manager, ETUDESK, Ivory Coast


  • Q & R

Governmental diner at Hotel WAFOU

16 March 2017


Venue: (Superior National School for Statistics and Applied Economics) ENSEA’s Amphitheater

University of Félix HOUPHOUËT-BOIGNY, Cocody, Abidjan


Panel 4


The links between education and employment public services


Moderator: Dr. Hugues KOUADIO, Director, National High School of Statistics and Applied Economy, Ivory Coast




  • Mr. Edmond Comlan AMOUSSOU, Director General, ANPE, Togo


  • Ms. Françoise BIBI BELINGA, Director General, FNE, Cameroon


  • Prof. Claude N’DINDIN, Teacher-Researcher, University Félix Houphouët Boigny, Ivory Coast


  • Ms. Eugénie, ATTIA, Coordinator, Unit Business School, CGECI, Ivory Coast




Reading of the Final report


Closing Ceremony:


  • Speech from WAPES President


  • Speech from the Minister of Youth Promotion, Youth Employment and Civic Service





Tourist visit





The demographics of Africa are characterized by a young and rapidly growing population of about 200 million young people. The current population of Africa is 1 billion people and is expected to reach 2.3 billion by 2050. Figures that may cause concern but which nevertheless contain dynamic growth prospects if one knows how to fully exploit skills and invest in human capital. 


African education systems, whether public or private, produce a large number of graduates, with skills not necessarily appropriate to the social and economic challenges of this everchanging working world. 

The search for the closest possible correspondence between business needs and training programs is often mentioned, but it is also a question of how best to manage the number of higher education graduates leaving the course. 


There is a need of recruiters due to growth or a replacement of work force, the emergence of new sectors or areas ... so many factors that make the equation complex and especially necessary the setting up of diagnoses both on the qualifications demanded and on the number of graduates "absorbable" by the labor market in a given territory. 

Solutions exist but require fine considerations incorporating elements of diagnosis on labor market developments but also on the higher training systems in place and their evolving capacities, on the partnerships to establish between public employment services, observatories, higher education and recruiters. 


The AEJ proposes to organize these moments of sharing and exchanges of good practices in the framework of a conference to be held on 15 and 16 March in Abidjan. That conference will bring together representatives of all these components. 


Worldwide Experts from all regions will come to share their experiences and insights on these issues and will try to find together solutions to this issue.


The debates will be organized around 4 main sub-themes: 

1. The problem of unemployment among higher education graduates and prestigious universities leavers. 

2. Recruitment of young graduates of higher education and prestigious universities, what are companies’ expectations? 

3. Young higher education graduates and self-entrepreneurship. 

4. Links between education and employment public services. 


Ivory Coast