Strategic Management Meeting of ILO Directors
in the Africa Region
4-7 February 2013
The In recent years Africa has shown strong levels of economic growth. Projections show that the continent as a whole is expected to grow by 5 per cent in 2013. African countries are among the fastest movers by global standards. However, with high levels of poverty and unemployment, particularly among young people, the most important challenge for Africa will be to facilitate an all-inclusive growth that supports people and communities, creating more and better job opportunities as well as a robust social protection coverage for all Africans.
The region is still confronted to new and emerging tests (addressing pervasive income inequalities, recurrent conflicts and insecurity, demographic pressure, climate change). In light of these views and the new global/regional contexts, the ILO in Africa is meeting to discuss how best to promote strong leadership, management and reform as a basis for orienting operations in the region; how best to facilitate a strong delivery of the Decent Work Agenda in the African region; how best to coordinate actions to better serve the ILO tripartite constituents.
The ILO supports Africa so countries can expand social protection, create jobs and empower women and youth. This meeting will also be an opportunity to discuss partnerships and ILO's contribution to the ongoing discussion on African position on post-2015 development agenda. The consensus of opinions is that the post-MDG agenda must prioritize building skills for tomorrow’s job market, fostering efficiency and accountability in services and building social and financial systems for inclusive growth.