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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


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In order to facilitate the organization of the event, we invite you to fill in the online registration form before 7 February 2017. 



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. 


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