African Employers to Launch Jobs for Africa Foundation

AfricaJobsThe African Employers’ Task Force on Employment and Employability has drawn up a Blueprint for Jobs in Africa. The Blueprint sets out ten Recommendations that African governments, working closely with employers’ organisations and trade unions, should implement in order to sustain growth and accelerate the pace of job creation in the continent.

Job creation is an important priority of the African Union Commission in the Ouagadougou Declaration on Employment and Poverty Alleviation and the Africa 2063 Agenda. It is also an important objective of the UN Sustainable Development Goal number 8 which seeks to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work for all. Job creation through sustainable enterprises is a core priority of the IOE.

In order to continue with this work, the International Organization of Employers (IOE), with the support of the International Labor Organization, the European Commission and other partners, will launch the Jobs for Africa foundation. The main objective is to advance the work of the Taskforce by supporting governments, African employers’ organisations and trade unions to implement the 10 Recommendations of the Blueprint for Jobs in Africa.

Jamal Belahrach of CGEM Morocco will continue leading this work and will be supported by Frederick Muia and Anetha Awuku of the IOE.

The IOE announced that the European Commission has agreed to fund the next social partners’ forum on Jobs for Africa, which will be hosted by the Tunisian Employers’ Federation (UTICA) in Tunis on December 15-16, 2016. A formal invitation will be forwarded to our members and partners in Africa in due course.

Staff Contact:   Gabriella Rigg Herzog

VP, Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs
Tel: 212.703.5056

Gabriella Rigg Herzog leads USCIB policy and programs on corporate responsibility, international labor standards and corporate governance. She manages USCIB engagement with its affiliated organizations, U.S. government agencies, and United Nations agencies on international corporate responsibility principles, codes of conduct and multi-stakeholder initiatives, as well as international and transnational regulatory activities on labor and employment policies, sustainable development and corporate governance.
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