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OIC Steering Committee on Labor discusses employment challenges in member states

Jeddah (IINA) � The Second Meeting of the Steering Committee of Islamic Conference of Labor Ministers (ICLM) kicked off in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Monday.

In his speech at the opening session of the meeting, Indonesia's Minister of Manpower Hanif Dhakiri stressed the importance of the meeting's agenda, which aimed at addressing in a collective manner the increasing complexity of employment challenges in the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). He, therefore, emphasized the need to prioritize youth employment, vocational training and the creation of a vibrant OIC labor market.

Addressing the meeting on behalf of OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs Ambassador Hameed Opeloyeru highlighted the progress made on the implementation of the OIC resolutions on labor, employment and social protection since the 3rd Islamic Conference of Labor Ministers, held in Jakarta in October 2015.

Participating members of the steering committee, including delegates from Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Senegal as well as Indonesia, reviewed various capacity building programs executed in many OIC countries including occupational safety and health activities. The participants commended Indonesia for convening a Workshop on Research and Studies on Islamic Concepts and Practices relating to employment issues on 12 April 2016.

The meeting also reviewed three legal frameworks to harmonize standards and practices on labor matters among the OIC member states. These include Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Skills; Bilateral Agreement on Exchange of Skilled Workforce; and OIC Labor Market Strategy.

The agenda of the meeting also included preparations for the 4th Islamic Conference of Labor Ministers, scheduled to take place in Jeddah on November 29-30.

Source: International Islamic News Agency