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For more about the Summit including the outcome document, please visit the IOE website at this link: IOE 6th ASP Summit 2020, Lagos, Nigeria.
Mr. Flomo M. Maiwo, Deputy Executive Chairperson and Mr. Kawsu Sillah, Executive Secretary attended the Summit representing the AYC.
Held from 25th – 26th February 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria, the 6th African Social Partners Summit was convened by the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in partnership with Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) with support of the European Union under the theme: ‘’Towards the socio-economic transformation of Africa through job creation: the role of the social partners’’. It brought together all the interested parties – representatives of employers, workers, governments, international organisations, and youth – to share and review work to date to advance job creation policies in Africa. The ASP Summit series has been a journey: we have moved from words to actions and now is the time to explore and assess the challenges and opportunities arising from implementation. The aim was to identify initiatives that have real potential for replication, albeit modified for national particularities, in the achievement of economic and social transformation through skills development and job creation.
Addressing the participants in his opening remark, Mr. Taiwo Adeniyi, President and Chairman of Governing Council (NECA) noted that to address the challenges of rising of unemployment requires concerted efforts and encouraged partners to put their ideas and resources together to curb this global threat to our development. He shared some initiatives taken by his organisation such as the ‘’Industrial Training Fund’’ which is supporting young people to gain skills needed to secure employment or create jobs and the organisation of annual ‘’Job Fair’’ which serves as a platform for job seekers and employers to meet and since over 2600 job seekers participated in the fair.
For his part, Mr. Robert Suarez Santos, Secretary General of IOE, expressed delightto be in Lagos for this important Summit alongside employers and other stakeholders in the industry. He thanked the participants for accepting the invitation to attend the 6th Social Partners Summit. Mr. Suarez noted that Nigeria has big opportunities in terms of economic growth and youth bulge and that’s one of the reasons for IOE to host this Summit in Lagos with a view to identify areas for global and regional actions to create decent jobs (in partnership with Business Africa and other stakeholders in the Africa region). ‘’Creating a business environment for job creation and skills development is central in IOE’s work’’, SG Santos said. At IOE, we are working hard with ILO to allocate more resources for skills development and job creation and the outcome of this Summit will help us to realize this goal. He concluded by assuring the IOE’s continued support and collaboration with African partners.
Mrs. Jacqueline Mugo, Secretary General, Business Africa, thanked the IOE and NECA for organising the Summit and she hoped the gathering will come up with tangible solutions to provide high quality paying jobs for African youth. Mrs. Mugo emphasized that creating inclusive and sustainable jobs is central to the development of African economy, and enterprises need to growth and dialogue among themselves to improve partnership and job creation in Africa. She encouraged the partners to take advantages of AFCFTA to ease free movement of people, goods and services, and improve engagement around youth to better skills development. Jacqueline concluded by reminding the Nigerian authorities the need to remove visa barriers for all African citizens to make business engagement easier.
Ms. Cynthia Samuel Olonjuwon, Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Africa at ILO, begin her remark by appreciating the IOE and NECA for inviting her to the Summit. Madam Cynthia revealed that NECA played a great role in her personal career development as she previously served the association in various capacities before moving to her current position at ILO. She thanked the management for all the support accorded to her over the years.
In her address, the ILO regional director said, 6 out of 10 fastest growing economies are in Africa, and despite this Africa continue to face the challenges of high unemployment. She noted that unemployment rate will increase from 34.1M to 38.4M, and youth not in education and training will increase from 52.2M to 58.3M in the coming years. Given this statistics, madam Cynthia asked ‘’can we change the Demographic profile into a dividend or a disaster?’’.
‘’Political space must allowed job creation and not only mere talks, we to move from low paying to formal high paying jobs’’, she emphasized. She noted that Agriculture remains major employers for many African countries but yet it’s not mechanized in such a way that young people will be motivated to venture into it.
According to her, ILO has adopted a Plan of Action covering 7 work streaming, and promoting decent work for young African men and women is very central in this. She concluded by expressing the ILO’s commitment to Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020.
Mr. Ayuba P. Wabba, President of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), informed the gathering that in 2019, about 40M jobs were created but only 16M jobs grasp by young people. ‘’Africa need plenty jobs to grow its economy’’, Mr. Ayuba said.
Finally, Senator (Dr.) Chris Nwabueze Ngige, Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment delivered the key note and opening statement. ‘’Nigerian Government is concerned with an alarming rate of unemployment and working with stakeholders to addressing it’’, Hon. Minister said.
He noted that the youth population is challenge in working poverty, mismatch of skills and quality education and to address this challenge, the Federal Government of Nigeria has introduced a minimum wage (30 thousand naira as a minimum wage in Nigeria), digital skills (IT) training programmes for youth and micro economic framework to create employment throughout the country. He thanked IOE and NECA for organizing the Summit in Nigeria, thanked participants for attending and officially declares the Summit open.
Panel discussions (Outcome of the ILO Africa Regional Meeting and employer-related activities)
The AYC was given the opportunity to make an intervention and co-moderate the session on ‘’Work-based learning in Africa: how can we further expand TVET to develop skills for the labour market?’’
During the discussions, the AYC shared its experiences on how it is empowering African youth to gain essential skills in order to become self-employed or relevant in labour market. The representative raised the following questions:
What is the role of workers’ organisations?
How can private sector get more involved in promotion of TVET?
State of TVET learning in Africa
Soft skills vs Hard soft
In the end, participants were divided into groups to identify sub-regional challenges and share best practices.
Regional Breakouts (Best practices from Nigeria)
Recommendations from the sub-regional breakouts were presented to the organisers and will form part of the outcomes of Summit.