Kazakhstan: Parliamentary Hearings on Labour Market and Youth Employment

On 28 September the Kazakhstan’s Parliament held hearings, titled “Problems and prospects of development of the employment sphere,” on 28th September. The participants discussed the current state of the labour market, employment, and formalization of self-employed population in Kazakhstan as well as methods to further develop employment of the country in the current context.

Article | 28 September 2018
The hearings were  attended by deputies of the Parliament, members of the government, senior officials of the  state bodies, and representatives of employment centres, private employment agencies, civil society organizations, as well as international and domestic experts in relevant technical areas. speakers at the hearings included Madina Abylkassymova, Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Population,  Julio Revilla, World Bank Lead Economist for Central Asia, and Timur Suleimenov, Minister of National Economy. Welcoming remarks were provided by Yerbolat Dossayev, Deputy Prime Minister, and Nurlan Nigmatulin, Chairman of the Mazhilis of the Parliament. The ILO delegation was led by Mikhail Pouchkin, Senior Employment Specialist of ILO Decent Work Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

In his presentation, Mikhail Pouchkin highlighted the importance of promoting job opportunities and decent work for young people. “Young people need decent job opportunities to be supported and provided by public and private interests in the labour market, in partnership and cooperation. The future of the country is with today’s youth”, he said.

He focused also on the importance of a genuine social dialogue as a necessary condition “for achieving sustainable and inclusive economic development in a stable social environment”.

The ILO delegation also held consultations with the Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Population, Director of the Department of Employment and the Development, Director of the Department of Labour and Social Partnership, and other officials of the ministry to discuss their priorities for the project “Partnership for youth employment in the Commonwealth of Independent States (YEP CIS)” Phase II. Ramiro Pizarro, Project Manager, introduced the project and the services that ILO can provide for public employment services institutional development and Active Labour Market Policies management.

The issue of Kazakhstan’s compliance with ILO Convention No. 87 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize, was also raised at the meetings.