African Employers to Launch Jobs for Africa Foundation

AfricaJobsThe African Employers’ Task Force on Employment and Employability has drawn up a Blueprint for Jobs in Africa. The Blueprint sets out ten Recommendations that African governments, working closely with employers’ organisations and trade unions, should implement in order to sustain growth and accelerate the pace of job creation in the continent.

Job creation is an important priority of the African Union Commission in the Ouagadougou Declaration on Employment and Poverty Alleviation and the Africa 2063 Agenda. It is also an important objective of the UN Sustainable Development Goal number 8 which seeks to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work for all. Job creation through sustainable enterprises is a core priority of the IOE.

In order to continue with this work, the International Organization of Employers (IOE), with the support of the International Labor Organization, the European Commission and other partners, will launch the Jobs for Africa foundation. The main objective is to advance the work of the Taskforce by supporting governments, African employers’ organisations and trade unions to implement the 10 Recommendations of the Blueprint for Jobs in Africa.

Jamal Belahrach of CGEM Morocco will continue leading this work and will be supported by Frederick Muia and Anetha Awuku of the IOE.

The IOE announced that the European Commission has agreed to fund the next social partners’ forum on Jobs for Africa, which will be hosted by the Tunisian Employers’ Federation (UTICA) in Tunis on December 15-16, 2016. A formal invitation will be forwarded to our members and partners in Africa in due course.

Staff Contact:   Ewa Staworzynska

Director, Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs
Tel: 212.703.5056

Ewa Staworzynska is USCIB’s Director of Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs. Staworzynska brings to USCIB her extensive policy experience from both public and private sectors. Prior to joining USCIB, she led DoorDash’s policy efforts in international markets and was in charge of diplomatic relations. Before her position at DoorDash, Staworzynska was an officer at the International Labor Organization (ILO), where she worked multilaterally to advance support for decent work and related policies at UN headquarters. Staworzynska began her career in New York working for a real estate start-up. Staworzynska will be based in USCIB’s New York office and will work with Jose Arroyo, USCIB policy associate on corporate responsibility and labor affairs, on a wide range of issues, including human rights and industrial policy, responsible business conduct, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She was born and raised in Norway and has a B.A. in Economics and M.A. in International Relations, with a specialty in International Business, from New York University.
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