OIC is keen to develop the skills of job seekers and facilitate their access to labour market
22/02/2018- The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, His Excellency Dr. Yousef Ibn Ahmed Al-Othaimeen confirmed the Organization's eagerness to assist job seekers in Member States, stressing that choice of the theme "Developing a Common Strategy for Manpower Development" for the Fourth Session of the Islamic Conference of Labour Ministers, held in Jeddah on 21 and 22 February 2018, reflects the attention given to developing personal and organizational skills, knowledge and skills and facilitating access to the labour market.
In his address to the Conference, the Secretary General thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting this session, which demonstrates the attention given by the Saudi authorities, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Highness the Crown Prince, May God protect them, to promoting all issues likely to elevate Islam and Muslims and defend their legitimate causes, as well as their continued support for the Organization as the host State.
Dr. Yousef Ibn Ahmed Al-Othaimeen stated that the Organization developed three legal frameworks in order to harmonize standards and practices in the labour field among OIC Member States: Draft OIC Agreement on Mutual Recognition Arrangement of Skilled Workforce; Draft OIC Standard Bilateral Agreement on Exchange of Manpower; and the Draft OIC Labour Market Strategy.
The Secretary General called for the implementation of the Executive Programme for the OIC Framework for Cooperation on Labor, Employment and Social Protection, which includes the development of a database of migrant workers, the setting up of an OIC Labour and Professional Training Observatory, the creation of a job market information unit, and the provision of legal protection for employees as well as the development of a labour market legislation.
On the other hand, the Secretary General urged the Member States to expedite the signing and ratification of the Statute of OIC Labor Center, the most recent specialized institution of the Organization, to be based in Baku in the Republic of Azerbaijan.