Stakeholders to reach consensus on job in Africa

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- An international forum gathering 400 participants from social partners including NGOs, employers' associations and the civil society opened here Friday to harmonise views on employment.
The meeting is being convened ahead of the African Union (AU) heads of states and governments extraordinary summit on employment and poverty alleviation scheduled here 8-9 September.
Burkina Faso's Employment, Labour and Youth minister, Alain Ludovic Tou said "the social partners' forum should help Africa face the challenge of meeting appropriate job creation strategies and identifying adequate funding to support the scheme".
Participants are expected to exchange employment promotion experiences as a means of finding ways to set Africa on course for globalisation "through an integrated job creation policy to fight poverty".
Beninese employment minister, who heads the African Union ministerial college for social issues, Boubacar Arouna said the Ouagadougou meeting "underscores the willingness of African countries to consult on social problems which marginalise the continent and worsen its poverty problem".
African leaders proved that willingness at their summit last July in Addis-Ababa by agreeing "that globalisation must be accompanied by new poverty alleviation ideas and strategies," he cited.
The social partners forum, which ends Saturday, is the third of such conference convened in Africa in 14 months.
The forum will report to the extraordinary heads of states and governments summit billed 8-9 September in Ouagadougou.

03 september 2004 19:36:00




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