AGREEMENT SIGNATURE BETWEEN ANPE (MALI) AND ONAPE (CHAD) FOR PROMOTION OF EMPLOYMENT AND EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCES
In the late morning of Wednesday, 6 March, 2019 the National Employment Agency of Mali (ANPE) and the National Office for the Promotion of Employment of Chad (ONAPE) signed a Framework Partnership Agreement in the auditorium of the Development and Retraining Center of the ANPE in Bamako.
The aim of this Framework Partnership Agreement is to strengthen South-South cooperation and the exchange of experiences between the two public employment services.
The signing ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Youth, Employment and Citizen Construction, Government Spokesperson, Amadou Koïta, in the presence of the Director General of the ANPE, also President of the African Association of Public Employment Services (AAPES), Ibrahim Ag Nock, and Director General of ONAPE Chad, Fayçal Hissein Hassan and several other personalities.
The National Employment Agency (ANPE) is a public employment service that has for mission to contribute to the implementation of the State’s employment promotion policy.
In line with its approach of making visible and understandable the actions of the agency through a fruitful partnership, vision found in the strategic plan of development (PSD) 2012-2020; the National Employment Agency created the Migration Cooperation Department (DCM) for this purpose. This department is the prime contractor responsible for translating this vision into action.
As such, the delegation of the National Office for the Promotion of Employment of Chad (ONAPE) has formulated a request for a formal bilateral partnership with the ANPE to strengthen the links that unite the two public employment services within the African Association of Public Employment Services (AAPES).
It should be remembered that the Director General of the ANPE-Mali, Ibrahim Ag Nock, was elected as president of the AAPES by his peers in April 2018 in Marrakech for a three-year term (2018-2020).
As such, Mali hosted the meeting of the AAPES Executive Committee on Tuesday, 5 March, 2019, in Bamako. On this occasion, the ANPE-Mali and the ONAPE-Chad decided to seal their cooperation and exchange of experiences through the signature of a framework agreement. This was preceded by a study visit to the premises of the ANPE.
The main objective of the Framework Partnership Agreement between the ANPE-Mali and the ONAPE-Chad falls within the framework of the reinforcement of South-South cooperation relations and exchanges of experiences between the two public employment services.
The specific objectives aim at enhancing the bilateral working relationship between the two public employment services; give more visibility to cooperation actions between the two parties, in terms of employment promotion; formalize and strengthen cooperation between the two countries in their areas of expertise (employment promotion, vocational training, etc.).
In his speech, the Director General of the ANPE and President of the African Association of Public Employment Services (AAPES), Ibrahim Ag Nock, recalled that at the conference on green employment of the World Association of Public Employment Services, held in N'Djamena two months ago, it has been found that it is also important for both public employment services – the National Office for the Promotion of Employment of Chad (ONAPE) and the National Employment Agency (ANPE) - to boost and reinvigorate bilateral cooperation.
It is in this context that, according to him, this agreement is being signed and it concerns the strengthening of South-South cooperation between the two public employment services in terms of employment promotion, job creation, facilitation, intermediation, sharing on labor market information and facilitation of integration of vulnerable groups of the two respective populations along Lake Chad and in Bamako.
The Director General of the ANPE says that it aims also to reinforce the partnership dynamics that they wish to engage with the network of First Ladies. He emphasized that the First Lady of Chad, during the conference on green employment, committed herself to accompany the ONAPE-Chad and the ANPE-Mali, as part of employment promotion, in the integration of vulnerable groups and women.
According to Ibrahim Ag Nock, it is in this context that the First Lady of Mali committed herself to accompany the two services in the integration of vulnerable groups, in the framework of an agreement between the ANPE, the NGO Agir and the Grand Coeur Foundation of the First Lady of Chad,
He also informed that an agreement with the network of First Ladies and the African Association of Public Employment Services (AAPES) will be signed.
In addition, Ibrahim Ag Nock said that this agreement will focus on the practicalities between the two employment promotion services, and will also wear the hat of the African Association of Public Employment Services (AAPES) to further strengthen cooperation and achieve significant results.
The Director General of the ANPE thanked the delegation of Chad, led by the Director of ONAPE, for putting all efforts to strengthen South-South cooperation.
He thanked the Minister of Employment, Youth and Citizen Construction for his constant support.
In his speech, the Minister of Employment, Youth and Citizen Construction, Amadou Koïta, said that this meeting aims to prepare the present and the future of our continent.
"We believe that through the public employment services, you participate in the achievement of African unity.
Employment is a concern for all our states today. Each country has its experience and expertise. It is through the pooling of efforts, the exchange of experiences that we will be able to overcome this problem tomorrow" he said.
Before greeting the Republic of Chad, a friend and brother country, that is kind enough to be with us during the painful events that Mali has known and is always on our side, to help us combat the scourge of terrorism. "Chadian children have fallen in our country. Fallen for peace, for freedom, for stability and for security" said Minister Koïta. On behalf of the highest authorities of Mali, he congratulated the Director General of ANPE and all its staff for this great initiative.
Fayçal Hissein Hassan, Director of the ONAPE-Chad:
"The signing of this agreement marks the beginning of a huge project of technical cooperation between the two institutions"
The Director of the ONAPE-Chad, Fayçal Hissein Hassan, said he was particularly pleased to be in Mali today for the signature of the Framework Partnership Agreement between his institution and the ANPE-Mali.
According to him, this partnership aims to establish a cooperation framework for decent employment opportunities and the development of human resources in both countries. Fayçal Hissein Hassan stressed that this agreement, with regard to his country and the institution he represents, is a major event and is part of the direct line of historical cooperation between Chad and Mali whose scope is beyond the simple bond of friendship and fraternity.
He recalled that the problem of youth employment remains a relevant major concern, especially for our countries, where the diverse consequences sometimes lead to the radicalization of young people.
"I am confident that by joining forces, we can meet the challenge by effectively implementing our governments' employment policies, like other African public employment services do" said the Director of ONAPE-Chad.
He congratulated and thanked the Minister of Employment, Youth and Citizen Construction and the Director General of ANPE for signing this framework agreement. Then he pointed out that this agreement marks the beginning of a huge project of technical cooperation between the two institutions.
Leopold Jérémie N'Gomezo'o, Director of International Cooperation of the National Employment Fund (FNE) of Cameroon: "President Ibrahim Ag Nock has sent a strong message by signing this agreement”. Mali and Chad are two member countries of the African Association of Public Employment Services; Mali being the presiding country of the Association, represented by Mr. Ibrahim Ag Nock.
The signing of an agreement between two public employment services is in line with the objectives of the African Association of Public Employment Services; the 1st session of the Executive Committee of the Association was held last Tuesday, 5 March at Azalaï Grand Hotel in Bamako. The representative of the President of Honour of WAPES and Director General of FNE – Cameroon, Mr. Camille Mouté à Bidias, and the Directors General of the PESs of Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic and Chad participated in the session.
The Framework Partnership Agreement signed between the PESs of Mali and Chad aims essentially to strengthen exchanges and to work better on the common fight against youth unemployment.
The President of the African Association of Public Employment Services, Mr. Ibrahim Ag Nock, has sent a strong message by signing this agreement.
He also encouraged all PES in the African region to follow this example to further boosting South-South cooperation in promoting employment and exchanging experiences.
Compiled by: the Migration Cooperation Department / ANPE