European Parliament’s Africa week

ILO at the European Parliament’s Africa week

Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, ILO Regional Directory for Africa, will be in Brussels, Belgium on 21-22 November 2017 to address the European Parliament on employment and migration issues ahead of the 5th African Union-European Union Summit, taking place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Media advisory | 20 November 2017
BRUSSELS/ABIDJAN (ILO News) - ILO Assistant Director General and Regional Directory for Africa, Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, will address the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and take part in the high level conference on a “renewed partnership with Africa” as part of the European Parliament’s Africa Week organised in Brussels, Belgium on 21st and 22nd November 2017.

Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, ILO Regional Directory for Africa
Ms. Samuel-Olonjuwon will address the Parliament’s Employment Committee on the 21st November regarding investment in youth in Africa and the European Union, and its impact on the labour market and youth unemployment. She has been invited to speak to Members as a special guest alongside other distinguished figures from the World Bank and the European Commission.

On Wednesday 22nd November she will speak at a high-level conference organised by the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani. The Regional Director will participate in a round-table in the afternoon focussing on migration, youth and human development. She will share the floor with UN colleagues from the International Office for Migration and the UN High-Commission for Refugees.

The events are being organised in preparation for the 5th African Union-European Union Summit, taking place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 29th and 30th November 2017.
Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon is the new Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Africa of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) - the only tripartite United Nations agency - based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The 5th African Union-European Union Summit will take place in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on 29th and 30th November 2017. It is the first AU-EU Summit to be held in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Summit will be an opportunity to discuss the progress of the 2014-2017 Action Plan adopted at the last summit in Brussels, as well as shared challenges such as peace and security. In particular the Summit will focus on sustainable, inclusive development as a necessity for creating youth employment opportunities.