ILO and African Development Bank to work together on employment, effective labour migration and future of work challenges in Africa

ILO and AFDB agreed to enhance cooperation on decent jobs for youth, labour migration and mobility and the future of work in Africa.

Press release | 19 April 2018
ABIDJAN (ILO news) - The heads of the ILO Regional Office for Africa and the African Development Bank (AfDB) agreed to enhance cooperation between the two institutions, particularly on decent jobs for youth, labour migration and mobility and the future of work in Africa.

ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Africa, Ms. Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, met with the President of AfDB, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina at AfDB Headquarters, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to review and strengthen their partnership to support Africa’s sustainable and inclusive development.

The two organizations will also join efforts to help African countries to harness the continent’s demographic dividend by supporting effective skills development, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and addressing youth unemployment and underemployment. They also agreed to promote measures and tools that fully integrate employment creation in national development plans and policies. The AfDB and ILO will support decent work in the rural economy: thereby transforming rural areas from ‘zones of misery’ to areas of sustainable development.

Safe and orderly migration and regional integration are further key elements of strengthened ILO-AfDB cooperation via the Joint Labour Migration Programme (JLMP), which is supported by the African Union (AU), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Economic Council for Africa (ECA) and the ILO. The Programme will focus particularly on the portability of skills in the region. The collaboration on the Future of Work will also better equip countries to take full advantage of all opportunities and address the current and emerging challenges. Dr Akinwumi Adesina thanked the ILO for its work and said that the AfDB was very keen to contribute to the discussion on the future of work.

The meeting was attended by senior officials, including Ms. Oley Lucretia Clara Dibba-Wadda, AfDB Director of Human Capital Youth and Skills Development; Mr. Dramane Haidara, Director of the ILO Country Office for Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Togo; and Mr. Joseph Momo, Chief of the ILO’s Regional Programming Unit.