XVth Regional Seminar of LBT practitioners in Africa

Ministers, senior policy makers, experts in labour-based works and top international researchers meet for the first time in Central Africa to discuss employment-intensive policies and strategies for Africa.

More than 350 senior experts, government representatives, researchers, development partners from Africa and other parts of the world meet in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 24-28 February 2014 to discuss best ways of implementing labour-based policies for intensive creation of decent jobs.

The XVth Regional Seminar for Labour-Based Practitioners is organized under the coordination of Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Works (MINTP) in partnership with the Employment-Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) of the International Labour Office (ILO).

Held under the central theme: "Labour-based approaches in infrastructural works: from policy to action for job creation”, the meeting provides an interactive platform to share best practices in the development of employment-intensive approaches to infrastructure development as a key instrument for creation of employment opportunities.

The strategic sessions and recommendations focus on four key areas of expertise:
  1. Government policies and decentralization;
  2. Building the capacities of stakeholders and institutions;
  3. Impact of labour-based approaches in business development; and
  4. Innovation and exchange of experiences.
During the seminar, a Special African Ministerial Session will be held to sensitize policy makers on the leading role they could play in the integration of labour-based approaches in the development of public investment programs.

An ILO Paper prepared for the regional seminar highlights the strategic importance of labour-based strategies for countrywide development. It establishes employment policies as one of the key engine of growth and it also showcases the impact of public investments on jobs in Africa.

African ministers are expected to adopt the Yaoundé Declaration on labour-based technology strategy for job creation.

The Regional Seminar for Labour-based Practitioners is jointly organized every two years by an African host country and the International Labour Organization (ILO).