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PM pledges to put Tunis Declaration for Employment into practice

Published the:  29/03/2016

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29 March 2016 - TAP - Prime Minister Habib Essid pledged to mobilize needed resources to put in practice the Tunis Declaration for Employment.

Speaking Tuesday at the start of the closing session of the first stage of the National Dialogue on Employment in Tunis, Essid said the document will serve as a short, medium and long run roadmap for the government and a reference document for all actors as part of a common approach that helps address challenges and unite efforts to push for development and growth.

The Prime Minister stressed the key importance of the results and recommendations issued by the nine preparatory workshops of the National Dialogue held March 15-17 in Tunis.    

These recommendations pointed to the need to make of employment an essential component of the social dialogue, speed up the implementation of the social pact and set up a development model that is likely to help generate jobs notably inland, he pointed out.

Tackling unemployment and upholding the right to work call for a national mobilization to devise policies and programs directed towards generating jobs for the largest possible number of higher-education graduates, bolstering social peace and creating an environment conducive for investment and businesses in high-value-added sectors, the Premier indicated.

Convinced as it that employment is a matter of national concern, the government sought to hold this dialogue as part of a participatory approach that involves the government, the Tunisian General Labour Union and the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts in collaboration with political parties and civil society.

The event eyes solutions to curb joblessness and tap into existing opportunities; it is also tailored to help orient youth towards the occupations of the future instead of exhausted opportunities in the civil service and the public sector, he said.

The structural crisis of the old development model and its direct impact on the labour market are some of the main challenges, Essid highlighted; the number of job seekers by late 2015 exceeded 618,000 that is an overall unemployment rate of 15.4% notably among university graduates.

The latter account for 31.2% of jobless people.