ILO to Host Skills Capacity Building for Trade and Economic Diversification for Africa

The International Labor Organization (ILO) will under the Skills Initiative for Africa (SIFA) Program, host a capacity-building workshop on Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED). The workshop is set to draw participants from Zambia, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Ghana, The United Republic of Tanzania.  

The Skills Initiative for Africa (SIFA) is a Program of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) supported by the German Government and European Union and has partnered with the International Labor Organization (ILO) to build the capacity of member states on anticipation of current and future labor market skills needs.

The training will focus on STED,  an ILO sector-based  methodology for identifying the skills current and future skill needs required to guide formation of skills development strategies that can aid countries to build  more resilient productive and competitive sectors in the context of global open markets. STED supports growth and decent employment creation in sectors that have the potential to increase exports and to contribute to economic growth.  

The workshop therefore contributes to promoting  market relevant and integrated skills development, as a way to keep up with the rapidly changing and complex labor markets. The official opening will take place on 4th April, with guest of honor, Honorable Mr. Mudrick Ramadhan Soragha, Minister President’s Office Labor, Economic and Investment Zanzibar.

Also attending will be Permanent Secretary from PMO-LYED Prof Jamal Katundu, Principal Secretary Ms. Khadija Rajabu from President’s Office Labor, Economic and Investment Zanzibar, and Director for ILO CO Dar, Mr Wellington Chibebe.  

The main objective of the workshop is to build the capacity of key labor market actors to analyze and anticipate skill needs in sectors that have the potential to increase employment opportunities, trade and which can contribute to economic diversification. By the end of the training, participants to the training will have:-

Improved ability to identify priority export-oriented sectors with growth potential in line with sector development strategies through using available trade and labor market information;

Enhanced knowledge on anticipating those sectors’ development and growth opportunities based on their global competitive position market development

Acquired a constructive method for identifying emerging skill needs and understanding the outlook skills gaps in export-oriented sectors with growth potential.

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