GIS – 22 May 2018: A two-day workshop on National Employment Policy Formulation, organised by the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training (MLIRET) in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), was launched this morning by the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, Mr Soodesh Callichurn, at Gold Crest Hotel, Quatre Bornes. A representative of the ILO, Dr Bernd Mueller, representatives of trade unions and Business Mauritius as well as high officials of MLIRET were also present on this occasion.
The aim of the consultative and participative workshop is to examine the employment situation in Mauritius and make recommendations to Government, in addition to setting broad policy guidelines to ensure that employment generation strategies are conform to Government’s priorities. It will also provide the opportunity to have a shared vision about sectors of the economy that are most likely to generate productive employment and also to eliminate the current situation where policies regarding employment generation and skills development fail to address labour market needs.
In his address, Minister Callichurn highlighted that it is essential for the human capital development policies to be oriented towards helping aspiring jobseekers adjust to the changing needs in the market so as to make them employable over a longer period. The primary focus of the National Employment Policy, he stated, will be to address the employment situation as well as decent work deficits, targeting, in particular, vulnerable groups, the youth, women and persons with disability.
Speaking about the National Employment Act 2017, Mr Callichurn highlighted that it provides for the creation of a National Employment Department empowered to collect and analyse data on any employment related matter in order to respond to the dynamic needs of the labour market. He emphasised that the labour market information on the demand and supply of skills to local employers, job seekers and training institutions is crucial for manpower planning and forecasting. This department and the employment policy will complement Government’s actions to further combat unemployment, he added.
For his part, the International Labour Organisation representative, Dr Bernd Mueller, underscored that this workshop is an opportunity to agree on the priorities that the national employment policy should address and to discuss recommendations that could be included. He stressed that the workshop is a key step forward for Mauritius to advance in the policy cycle leading to the adoption of a national employment policy while adding that the ILO will provide support to Mauritius in this important process.
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