Ethiopia Launches National Employment Policy and Strategy

Minister of Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Mr. Abdulfetah Abdulahi

The National Employment Policy and Strategy will alleviate problems of unemployment, promote equal employment opportunities, help eradicate poverty, and address labor related issues in the country.

ADDIS ABABA (ENA)–Ethiopia has launched a National Employment Policy and Strategy (NEPS) on October 2, 2017, which aims to ensure that full, productive, and freely chosen decent employment is promoted in the country.

Minister of Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Abdulfetah Abdulahi told the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) that the National Employment Policy and Strategy will alleviate problems of unemployment, help eradicate poverty, and address labor and employment related issues in the country.

The policy prioritizes decent employment opportunities, improving labor market information and employment services, creating enabling environment that facilitates transition from informal to formal economy, maintaining industrial peace, and other cross-cutting issues for employment creation.

The Minister added that the policy will also play critical role in facilitating effective employment environment for employees and employers.

Besides, it gives particular attention to people with disabilities and women by adopting practical and supportive strategies that ensure equal participation in labor market and income generation activities.

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A National Employment Council (NEC) that evaluates and monitors the implementation of the policy at all levels will be established soon by persons from the relevant sectors, Mr. Abdulfetah revealed.

He urged all stakeholders to contribute their share in implementing the policy and strategy effectively.

The National Employment Policy and Strategy was endorsed by the Council of Ministers in April 2016.

Source: ENA
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