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Youth employment, a priority for the ILO in Timor-Leste

Greg Vines to address major decent work issues, particularly skills development, job creation and income growth for youth, in meetings with government, employers and workers during a two-day visit.

News | Jakarta, Indonesia | 12 August 2019
reg Vines, ILO's Deputy Director-General for Management and Reform, visited Dili, Timor-Leste to discuss the decent work agenda with the tripartite constituents
Greg Vines, ILO's Deputy Director-General for Management and Reform, visited Dili, Timor-Leste on official mission on 25-27 July 2019 to attend a national high-level tripartite meeting to discuss the decent work agenda. Vines emphasized the importance of issues related to private sector development, skills development, job creation and income growth.

Timor-Leste places youth employment and skills development as priority top policy areas. We greatly appreciate the assistance given by the ILO through its technical cooperation."

Julião Da Silva, Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment
From the perspective of the workers, Almerio J. Vila-Nova, President of Timor-Leste Trade Union Confederation, underlined the concern of scarcity of job opportunities for young Timorese, while stating the importance of modernizing labour movement in the country. Oscar Lima, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, underscored inadequate infrastructure and education as binding constraints for business development and called for investment.

H.E. Julião Da Silva, Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment, speaking at the meeting confirm that “the country places youth employment and skills development as priority top policy areas. We greatly appreciate the assistance given by the ILO through its technical cooperation.”

Vines encouraged the continuation of high-level tripartite dialogue on socio-economic development and job creation. With a high rate of population growth, creating decent work opportunities for an increasing number of young labour market entrants is an urgent task of the government and social partners in Timor-Leste.

The tripartite constituents of the ILO in Timor-Leste
Vines made a series of high-level courtesy visits including Chief of Staff of the Civil House of the President of Timor-Leste, Minister for Legislative Reform and Parliamentary Affairs and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Acting Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Public Works. Vines exchanged views on key issues of decent work agenda and how empowerment of youth can lead to national economic and social prosperity. Ministers and senior officials of the government appreciated ILO’s sustained support for supporting local development for decent work strategies and confirmed cooperation in future.