The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD), and the Office of Senior Economic Advisor to HE the President (OEA), on behalf of the Afghan Government, has convened the first National Labour Conference of Afghanistan, held from April 29 to May 01, 2018 in Kabul.
The Effort is convened under the auspices of the High Council on Poverty Reduction, Services Provision, and Citizens’ Engagement chaired by HE the President.
The Main Conference was a 2-day event held from April 30 – May 01, 2018 (Monday – Tuesday) at the Presidential Palace. On April 29th a pre-conference was organized, with events featuring a job fair and a business exhibition held at the Bagh-e-Babur.
The agenda of the National Labour Conference of Afghanistan was structured around a 3-track framework: (1) Macroeconomic environment, (2) Sources of labor demand, and (3) Sources of labor supply. Within this Framework, the Conference will offer three solutions: (1) Policies to increase labor content, (2) Labor-intensive programs and projects, and (3) Coordination between sources of labor creation and demand.
The Conference will be premised on the fact that it is not primarily the Government’s job to create jobs, but to create the conditions that enable job creation through scaled up private sector involvement.
In the Framework of the ANPDF – Development Priority number 3 (Economic Growth and Job Creation) and its associated programs, and given the recent poverty and unemployment numbers, the main focus was sustenance type jobs that will help improve household incomes and reduce poverty levels. The emphasis was put on scaling up the private sector role in the jobs sector by eliminating binding constraints in four key areas: electricity, land, taxation, and human capital development.
The National Labour Conference of Afghanistan has brought together representatives from over 75 different Government, non- Government, development partner and civil society organisations. During the Pre-Conference event on April 29, participants to the One Year Training Programme on Employment Policy: Moving from Fragility to Resilience – Tailored to Afghanistan have presented the project documents they have prepared over the course of the entire programme on the topics of labor migration, women empowerment, skills development and entrepreneurship.