Officials Endorse Roadmap to Strengthen Public Employment Services

ADDIS ABEBA – Major actors in Job creation sector have endorsed a roadmap that would strengthen Public Employment Services (PES) in Ethiopia.

The roadmap was a subject of discussion on Wednesday among officials of International Labor Organization (ILO), Jobs Creation Commission (JCC), Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA), and others.

ILO said the roadmap discussed was built on Ethiopia’s National Employment Policy as well as the National Plan of Action for Job Creation 2020-2025.

Ruchika Bahl, Chief Technical Officer at the ILO, said it provides a policy framework to improve labor market intermediation.

“As we are glad to support the Government of Ethiopia’s effort to reform the public employment services system that will significantly contribute to Ethiopia’s economic development,” Bahl said.

Every year between 2 to 3 million youth enter the employability age range and add to the country’s human resource and talent pool.

While Ethiopia’s economic performance is progressive, officials believe more work needs to be done to create a conducive investment climate towards job creation.

According to ILO, employment services in the country have been delivered through PES – government-run offices at various administrative levels as well as private employment agencies – that reached close to 600 but mostly focused on overseas employment.

Experts say the provision of employment services in particular and the exchange of labor market Information or LMI, in general, is hampered by a wide range of challenges.

The challenges include poor institutional capacity; inadequate legal and policy framework; overlapping mandates among various government agencies.

ILO partnered with the Ethiopian government to develop a roadmap to strengthen PES as part of its commitment to improve employment services to the youth, women, migrants, and unemployed sections of the society.

Some of the reforms proposed by the roadmap include developing a clear PES policy, legal, and institutional framework, building capacities of PES, and modernizing service delivery and outreach, among others.

Abebe Haile, Director of Manpower Research at the ministry of labor, said the government has been striving to address unemployment through all the available means.

These include running a labor market intermediary at various levels of administration.

“The new approach we adopted today shall enhance the existing system of public employment services towards a robust and effective one,” he said.