Approximately 60 ILO representatives and external experts conducted discussions in the course of two interrelated but distinct sessions.
The first session of the conference revisited the Seoul Development Consensus (SDC) that was unveiled by G20 members in the Republic of Korea in 2010. It also reviewed the rationale behind the SDC, explored its current status, reflected on future prospects and invited a more critical examination by asking experts to assess whether another “development consensus” was really needed.
The afternoon session was devoted to the theme of ‘job creation and development,’ a theme that is at the core of ILO’s mandate as well as of the SDC. The speakers explored pathways to job creation that went beyond the customary focus on manufacturing as a vehicle for rapid development and job creation. Case studies from Africa were used to enrich the proceedings. The proceedings and the knowledge generated during the conference are summarized in the papers and proceedings of the conference.
Welcome and Opening
Chair: José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Director, Employment Sector, ILO
Session 1: Revisiting the Seoul Development Consensus
Chair: Mariangels Fortuny, Employment Policy Department, ILO
Session 2: Job Creation and Global Development
Chair: Makiko Matsumoto, Employment Policy Department, ILO
Meeting the Job Creation Challenge in Africa