SKILL-UP Ethiopia: National Multi-stakeholder Roundtable

As part of the Norwegian-funded SKILL-UP Programme, the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Ethiopia, organized a national multi-stakeholder roundtable to identify opportunities for assistance in skills development from the ILO

Addis Ababa – The ILO’s SKILLS Branch in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Ethiopia, organized a national tripartite roundtable on 14 February 2019 within the framework of the Norwegian-funded SKILL-UP Project in Ethiopia. The meeting gathered ministries representatives, social partners, UN organizations and development partners.

The participants discussed and agreed on priorities for skills development in Ethiopia. The interactions evolved around the results of studies undertaken for the country. These include a study on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) policies and systems in Ethiopia, a priority sectors analysis on potential for trade expansion and economic diversification and a qualitative analysis of skills needs in these priority sectors.

The meeting brought together 40 participants from various institutions, including ministries, Employers and Workers’ organizations as well as stakeholders from the priority sectors and key stakeholders in the skills system. Participants identified garment and agroprocessing as priority sectors for the ILO to work in-depth during the course of the project. Furthermore, the participants agreed the interventions should focus on people with disabilities and refugees as a priority, and should contribute to the reform of the national skills system, with a particular attention to inclusion. Therefore, an ambitious work plan has been developed by national partners.

Skills development was highlighted unanimously as one of the main concerns for the national labour market. There was consensus on the urgent need to take action to address critical labour market issues of mismatch between skills set of graduates and workers and the demand articulated from the businesses. The SKILL-UP Programme aims to contribute to reduce this gap.