Youth Employment Network: Conference in Stockholm and Oslo

The bi-annual network conference was organ¬ized on 17-25 May in Stockholm, Sweden, and Oslo, Norway, at the request of the tripartite constituents of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan that were interested in learning successful model for youth employment promotion, tripartite cooperation and employment centered policies implemented in Norway and Sweden.

News | 25 May 2016
For the participating countries the ultimate objective was to enhance the capacity of the Ministries of Labour and Public Employment Services (PES) as well as social partners to design, implement, monitor and evaluate employment policies and programmes for youth.

The conference brought together tripartite members of the regional youth employment network established within the framework of the ILO Project “Partnerships on Youth Employment in the CIS” financially supported by the Russian company LUKOIL as well as officials of ILO Moscow, ILO Rome and ILO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, and international experts.

The event had several important issues on the agenda. The first one was the presentation of the results of the forth peer review round which took place in Bashkortostan, Russian Federation (the region under review) in April 2016 with Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Perm Region of the RF serving as reviewers.

Another component of the programme was knowledge sharing and exchange of good practices on youth employment from all network member countries. The participants learned about the Swedish and Norwegian experience in youth employment policy design and implementation. In Sweden and Norway they visited central and local offices of the public employment services, trade unions and employers’ organizations, as well as the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and Ministry of Finance of Norway.

The ILO presented results of its study on internal labour mobility with particular focus on Kazakhstan and Russian Federation in comparison to three OECD countries (Germany, Sweden and Canada).

According to Rie Vejs-Kjeldgaard, ILO Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, “peer review is useful as a global methodology and is an important instrument for learning and sharing of experience as well as finding solutions. This is also what countries were asked to do within the Oslo Declaration 2013 with youth employment as a priority.”

Next sub-regional meeting is planned in the end of 2016 with Armenia serving as a country under analysis and the Russian Federation as a reviewer.