The “Conseil de l’Entente” and ILO sign new Partnership Cooperation Agreement

The “Conseil de l’Entente” and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) signed a partnership agreement designed to strengthen the capacity of the Regional Training Centre for Road Maintenance (CERFER) based in Lomé, Togo.

記者発表 | 2015/02/13
LOME (ILO News) - The “Conseil de l’Entente” and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) signed a partnership agreement designed to strengthen the capacity of the Regional Training Centre for Road Maintenance (CERFER), specialized training institution of the Council located in Lomé, Togo.

Under this agreement signed on 13 February 2015, the two institutions will continue achieving their common objectives, particularly in the context of the reform of CERFER and of large integration projects in infrastructure, including the proposed rail loop to develop the employment and employability of young people, a guarantee of peace and stability of the member countries of the “Conseil de l’Entente”.

The Conseil de l’Entente, the first organization of West Africa created on 29th May 1959 is composed of Ivory Coast, Niger, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin.

The new partnership will focus on: (a) institutional support of the Regional Training Centre for Road Maintenance as part of its reform decided by the Heads of State of the “Conseil de l’Entente” in December 2012; (b) technical assistance of the Executive Secretariat of the organisation in order to promote employability and youth employment in the jobs generated by the project of the railway loop of the “Conseil de l’Entente”.

With 10 to 12 million young women and men looking for jobs each year, every African country should place employment creation as a central objective of its macro-economic policies, according to the ILO. Young people under 25 represent 3/5 of sub-Saharan Africa’s unemployed population.

The recently published World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2015 (WESO) highlights Sub-Saharan Africa with high levels of underemployment and informal employment over the next five years. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of working poverty and vulnerable employment across all regions.

For more detailed info, please contact: Djibril Ndiaye, E-mail: ndiayed@ilo.org