Magharebia (Washington DC)

Mauritania: Job Fair Helps Mauritanian Youth

Nouakchott — The second annual Mauritanian Employment Fair put forth proposals to help youth climb out of unemployment.

The second annual Mauritanian Employment Fair drew to a close on Thursday (February 21st) with several innovative ideas put forward to boost employment, especially for youth.

"The goal of this activity is to spur Mauritanian companies to encourage employment while taking into account the imperative need to ensure that training meets the needs of the market," Federation of Services and Liberal Professions (FSPL) President Mohamed Ould El Waled said.

The theme for the event was "Vocational Training: A Guarantee of Full Employment".

The organisers said that the fair's aim was find solutions to overcome unemployment by "offering employers and jobseekers a forum for dialogue and a gateway to the wider world as part of a strategy of networking and activities".

The biggest idea put forward was the call to create a global youth employment scheme.

"This global scheme must be dedicated to vocational training, job creation and the reintegration of young people through activities with high added value in their respective countries," FSPL President Mohamed Ould Waled said.

Ould Waled added that terrorism, extremism and illegal immigration were the results of "poor training policies, unemployment and the marginalisation of young people".

He said that this global project could be overseen by the United Nations Global Programme and suggested that Nouakchott could be its official headquarters.

Organisers said the fair also introduced the concept of advocacy for youth employment in Mauritania.

This advocacy was the subject of a round table discussion, which was held on the side-line of the event. The participants in the round table discussion were the authorities, partners, the private sector and all stakeholders affected by the issue of youth unemployment.

This was the first time that so many stakeholders have sat down at the same table to discuss the issue of youth unemployment in Mauritania.

UNDP Resident Representative Dr Coumba Mar Gadio hailed the "multiple efforts made by the Mauritanian government to implement governance reforms", which she said "constitute an essential basis for the process of socio-economic development".

She stressed that "Mauritania now offers the world multiple investment opportunities which should be exploited in order to create added value and jobs".

"This event, which forms part of the efforts made by our department, supports what the public sector is doing to create job opportunities and reduce unemployment," Vocational Training and Employment Minister Mohamed Ould Khouna said.

He added: "the authorities are currently developing strategies to improve the sector and meet the requirements of the labour market."

"Today, everyone is aware of the major challenge of employment in view of the stimulating contribution it makes to poverty reduction and balanced and sustainable development," Employment and Vocational Training Ministry Secretary-General Baba Ould Boumeiss said at the end of the event.

The fair was organised by the FSPL, which is affiliated with the National Union of Mauritanian Employers (UNPM) and the Ministry of State for National Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research.

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