23 July 2018


Côte d'Ivoire Employers to host 5th Social Partners Summit on Employment in Africa - Abidjan, 13-14 September 2018


The General Confederation of Enterprises of Côte d’Ivoire (CGECI) is set to host the 5th Social Partners Summit on Employment in Africa, which will take place in Abidjan on 13-14 September.

Co-organised with the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), and with joint CGECI-EU financing, the Summit will bring together representatives of employers, workers and government, as well as representatives of the International Labour Organisation, to discuss the development, implementation and monitoring of national action plans (NAPs) for employment.

The Summit is designed with a practical and technical approach in mind; four parallel working committees will focus on rural employment, STEM and ICT, agribusiness, and access to finance respectively. SME development, skills development, youth entrepreneurship and employability will be discussed as cross-cutting issues in each committee.

Welcoming remarks will be delivered by CGECI President, Mr Jean Kacou Diagou, who will be joined on the opening podium by IOE Vice-President for Africa, Mr El-Mahfoud Megateli, as well as ILO Regional Director for Africa, Ms Cynthia Samuel Olonjuwon.  ITUC Deputy-Secretary General Mr Mamadou Diallo will also provide opening remarks, alongside Côte d'Ivoire Employment Minister, Mr Pascal Abinan Kouakou.

The Abidjan event will be the fifth in a series of social partners summits on employment in Africa to be co-organised by the IOE and its members and partners in recent years.  The series began in Casablanca in November 2013, with follow-up meetings taking place in Geneva, Tunis and Algiers.

The upcoming summit will build on previous outcomes and make a further significant contribution to the implementation of the Blueprint for Jobs in Africa, which was unanimously adopted by the social partners in 2015. The Blueprint aims to transform the demographic dividend represented by Africa’s youth into a competitive advantage - with the potential to contribute to inclusive growth, job creation, sustainable development, and security on the continent.


Information on previous summit outcomes may be accessed via the links in the side panel.  If you have any questions, please email the contact persons.



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