Tunisia banks on its human capital to achieve development (Abdelkader Jammali)

Tunisia is banking on its human capital to achieve development,” Chief of Staff to the Minister of Employment and Vocational Training Abdelkader Jammali said on Monday.

Speaking at the opening of the Conference for Labour Ministers from the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), organised by the Libyan Ministry of Labour and Rehabilitation on November 27-28, Jammali said that Tunisia is endeavouring to enhance the skills of its human resources in order to better meet the needs of the national and international labour markets, pointing out that the budget allocated to the education, higher education and vocational training sectors in Tunisia this year accounts for some 20% of the total State budget.

Besides, Jammali underlined that Tunisia had drawn up a programme of urgent economic reforms, consisting mainly of improving the business climate and encouraging innovation, establishing the knowledge society, revising the laws on the investment code and the foreign exchange code, as well as the law on fin
ancial integration.

In this connection, he underlined that sector-based strategies had been divised to boost investment and create decent jobs.

The official also recalled Tunisia’s efforts to encourage private initiative and develop value chains in the regions, with a view to creating jobs and encouraging formal employment, in addition to the governance of migration and the development of partnerships with host countries.

He also underscored the need to set up an information and monitoring system to track labour market developments at national and international levels, and to integrate labour migration into national policies.

Jammali indicated that Tunisia is seeking to develop private and public mediation in international employment and to put this strategy at the service of the country’s economic and social development.

He said in this regard, that Tunisia had succeeded in forging partnerships with 10 African countries through the National Centre for the Training of Trainers and Training Engineering, w
hich had recently been certified ISO-CEI 17024-2012, an accreditation recognised in over 150 countries.

The minister further pointed out that the conference of labour ministers is an opportunity to present the main achievements and draw lessons from the various experiences of the member states in order to improve the management of labour migration programmes.

Jammali underlined the need to devise a long-term strategic vision for a new phase of south-south cooperation between the member states of the Sahel and Sahara Community, and of north-south cooperation between the two shores of the Mediterranean and the European partner countries, while supporting the good practices implemented under joint programmes to boost youth employment.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse