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Mauritius close to the finalisation of the National Employment Policy

Mauritius close to the finalisation of the National Employment Policy

During the workshop, discussions are being held on the contents of the NEP draft, comprising of the inputs of the various stakeholders under the main themes namely: Micro-Economic Policies; Sustainable Development; 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. (Image: Maurice Info)

After consultation with various stakeholders a two-day tripartite workshop to finalise the Mauritius National Employment Policy (NEP) draft was opened yesterday29, 2014, at La Cannelle, Domaine Les Pailles.

This initiative of the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), is to set up a platform for the tripartite constituents namely representatives of Employers, Government Workers and the Private sector to take cognizance, analyse and make recommendations on the NEP draft.

Opening the workshop, the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, Shakeel Mohamed, called for a proper synergy and a concerted effort among all the Ministries 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.

Shakeel Mohamed also spoke on giving proper career guidance to the youth so as to make them employable.

“This will help them decide their professional path in a wise way and helping them find the appropriate jobs with their acquired skills in the relevant fields,” he said.

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.

The Minister also 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 workshop, discussions are being held on the contents of the NEP draft, comprising of the inputs of the various stakeholders under the main themes namely: Micro-Economic Policies; Sustainable Development; 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.

It can be noted that the NEP draft is the fourth version prepared by the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment in collaboration with the ILO, where the NEP is one of the main components of the ILO Decent Work Country Programme for Mauritius signed in 2012.

The NEP will thus serve as a coherent framework and an important tool to enable Mauritian 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 clearly address challenges and opportunities to achieve specific and qualitative employment objectives.

The NEP also 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.

Finally, during the course of the workshop, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Arvin Boolell and the Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, Rajeshwar Jeetah, took that opportunity to make a presentations on Employment Opportunities in the New Economic Environment and on the Critical Employment Issues respectively.

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