The official Opening  Ceremony of the One Year Training Programme on Employment Policies: moving from fragility to resilience – tailored for Afghanistan took place today at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, India. The event is the first in a series of eight modules that will train 30 participants from the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as well as representatives of Workers’ and Employers’ Organizations in the country. The first module of the training programme for Afghanistan is being held in New Delhi, thanks to the precious cooperation of the ILO India Country Office and the Decent Work Team for South Asia, and will run from 7 to 10 February 2017.

During the Opening Ceremony, the participants were greeted by Ms. Panudda Boonpala, ILO Country Director; His Excellency Ahmad Shah Salehi, Deputy Minister of Labour, MoLSAMD;  Mr. G. R. Nezrabi, First Secretary in charge of the Economic Section at the Embassy of Afghanistan in India; Dr. S.K. Sasikumar, Senior Fellow, VV Giri National Labour Institute of India; and Mr. Joel Alcocer of the ITCILO.

H. E. Salehi motivated participants to make the most of this occasion and be ready to move towards resilience through the promotion of decent work for all; and concluded with a quote by Mahatma Gandhi, encouraging participants to “Live as if they were to die tomorrow, and learn as if they were to live forever.”

More information on this training programme for Afghanistan can be found here.

Here below are some photos from the opening ceremony (click on the thumbnail to view full size).