GIS - 29 October, 2014: A two-day tripartite workshop to finalise the draft National Employment Policy (NEP) for Mauritius after consultation with the various stakeholders opened this morning at La Cannelle, Domaine Les Pailles.
An initiative of the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the workshop is serving as platform for the tripartite constituents namely representatives of Employers, Workers Government and the Private sector to take cognizance, analyse and make recommendations on the draft NEP. The deliberations will eventually serve towards the finalisation of the document.
During the workshop, discussions are being held on the contents of the draft NEP comprising of the inputs of the various stakeholders under the main themes namely: Micro-Economic Policies; Sustainable Development/Promotion of Green jobs; Social inclusion and Specific employment measures for vulnerable groups; Human resource development; Sectoral and SMEs development and transition to formality; Youth and female employment; and Labour migration.
The draft NEP is the fourth version prepared by the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment in collaboration with the ILO. The NEP is one of the main components of the ILO Decent Work Country Programme for Mauritius signed in 2012. It will serve as a coherent framework and as an important tool to enable all Mauritian citizens who are willing to work, to attain secured and sustainable livelihood to enhance their standard of living through productive and freely chosen employment.
The policy aims at highlighting multidimensional interventions adopted on the basis of common agreement reached by all parties concerned and pursued by Government in order to address clearly identified challenges and opportunities to achieve specific and qualitative employment objectives.
The NEP takes into account the specificities of the labour market as well as pertinent issues that require urgent attention which are among others: female and youth unemployment; employment of vulnerable groups; skills mismatch; lack of synergy among Ministries and Departments involved in employment promotion; evaluation of the services offered by the Employment Service of the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment to jobseekers; and absence of medium and long term planning.
Opening the workshop, the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, Mr Shakeel Mohamed, called for a proper synergy and a concerted effort among all the Ministries/Departments involved in helping people to find an employment. All those concerned should work together and in the same direction to better achieve the common goal which is that of addressing employment issues in Mauritius, he added.
Minister Mohamed also spoke on giving proper career guidance to the youth so as to make them employable. This, he said, will help them decide their professional path in a wise way hence helping them to find the appropriate jobs with their acquired skills in the relevant fields. He also referred to the employment system in Singapore where a publication is issued annually to give an overview of the various sectors where job opportunities are available as well as on the future emerging sectors. He pointed out that Mauritius should adopt such a system to absorb a maximum number of people into the labour market both locally and abroad under the circular migration programme.
During the course of the workshop, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr Arvin Boolell and the Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, Dr Rajeshwar Jeetah, made presentations on Employment Opportunities in the New Economic Environment and on the Critical Employment Issues respectively.
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