Ministerial Conference on Skills for Youth Adopts Declaration and Plan of Action

The Conference of Ministers on “Providing the African Youth with Skills and Training for Jobs”, which took place in Abidjan July 21-25, 2014 concluded with the signing of a Declaration and the adoption of a plan of action.  

The Declaration, signed by 25 African Minitsers of employment and vocational training or their representatives, sets out the decisions made by the Conference, which adopted two plans: an action plan for inter-country cooperation and the ICQN-TVSD’s development plan for the 2014-2017 period. 

The action plan for inter-country cooperation focuses on the three following areas:

Analysis of, and  practical implementation of inter-country cooperation to implement experiences and mechanisms to facilitate job creation, particularly for youth;

Investment in the acquisition of trainers’ and entrepreneurs’ skills;

Implementation of the education/training continuum.

These three areas will be led respectively by the following countries: 

Côte d'Ivoire, through the State Minister of Employment, Social Affairs and Vocational Training, headed by Hon. Moussa Dosso;

Rwanda, through the State Minister of Education with responsibility for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, headed by Hon. Albert Nsengiyumva;

Cap Verde will confirm whether it will support the third theme. 

The activities will build on the work accomplished by the ICQN-TVSD since its creation in 2010, and particularly the country reports produced in 2014, which highlight promising strategies and experiences of training, workforce integration and job creation for young people. 

The Ministers also adopted a plan for the development and empowerment of the ICQN-TVSD, which will serve as a forum for inter-country sharing and cooperation on TVSD and promote research on TVSD at the national and regional levels. It will be headed by a steering committee and will have an institutional anchor in Côte d’Ivoire’s State Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs and Vocational Training (MEMEASFP), which will provide technical and financial support. 

For more information, see the conference web site at www. adeanet.org/min_conf_youth_skills_employment/en

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For more information contact Mr. Amara Kamate, Technical Advisor and Coordinator, ICQN-TVSD, [email protected]oo.fr