From 22 to 26 October, the National School of Statistics and Applied Economics of Abidjan (ENSEA) hosted an international conference on the theme "For inclusive and effective employment and labor market policies".
Organized by the International Labor Office (ILO) in partnership with the International Training Center (ITC) in Turin and the Employment Promotion for Poverty Reduction Support Program (APERP 3), it has brought together experts from the sub-region to share knowledge and experiences of good practices in this area.
The opening ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Employment and Social Protection of Ivory coast, Mr. Kouakou Abenan, in the presence of the Director of the ILO Country Office in Ivory Coast, Mr. Dramane Haidara, Deputy Regional Director from the ILO for Africa, Mr. Peter van Rooij and several other personalities.
For five days, experts from countries in the sub-region, including Mali, exchanged and debated topics such as: employment policies, ILO approach and country experiences; labor market policies and the role of public employment services (PES); labor market information system (LMIS) and the role of public employment services; active labor market policies (ALMP) at the sectoral level: the case of agriculture, among others.
The main objective of this conference was to update and strengthen the knowledge and skills of national actors to better address the current challenges that employment services face in the optimal implementation of labor market policies in different national contexts.
At the end, participants identified priorities, formulated and presented a national strategic plan of action to improve the effectiveness of employment and labor market policies and employment services in their countries.
The conference focused on an interactive and participatory approach, facilitated and lead by an ILO Expert Group on Employment Issues and the International Training Center (ITC) of the ILO in Turin.
The program consisted of thematic presentations, case studies, debates and group work.
Different learning techniques have also been used to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge as well as the sharing of experiences.
Several recommendations, particularly to the ILO, have been approved during the conference.
Mali was represented at this conference by the Deputy Director-General of the APEJ, Mrs. Traoré Alima Dabo, and the Head of the migration cooperation department of ANPE, Mr. Brehima N. Sidibé.
The Malian delegation took advantage of this opportunity to broadly communicate and share the country's experience on various topics, including the promotion of employment in rural areas and in the agricultural sector.
In any case, it was a rich experience to be done again, according to participants.
Brehima N. Sidibé.