Employment Policies for the Middle East and North Africa

http://wbi.worldbank.org/wbi/event/employment-policies-mena-region

Please note that nominations are due by February 19, 2012.

This five-day course explores the challenges of employment creation in the Middle East and North Africa. It examines both demand and supply-side factors and introduces participants to practical policy prescriptions gathered from other country experiences from around the world.

It is designed for mid-to senior-level officials in planning, labor, manpower, education, trade and industry, economy, science and technology, finance ministries, as well as youth leaders, researchers, and academics.

Participants should currently be involved in the design and implementation of employment, labor, manpower, education, economic growth, or investment policies.

The course will examine sector specific growth-employment linkages, along with an analysis of the low-skill, low-productivity, low-wage, sub-par equilibrium that traps a number of countries in the region.

It will also include a discussion of relatively traditional employment creation policy prescriptions (such as increasing labor market flexibility, reforming regulations for employment protection, and improving investment climate) as well as the most recent knowledge and innovation-based, high-value-added strategies to generate quality job creation and sustained economic growth. On the supply-side, training and skills upgrading will be examined in detail.

Longer-term measures to increase labor force participation rates, particularly those of women, will also be examined as well as how to manage the relatively large inward and outward migration flows.

This course is jointly offered by the World Bank Institute and the IMF Middle East Center for Economics & Finance (CEF).

For applications and nominations of participants, questions relating to travel arrangements, funding, administrative and logistical issues, please contact:

Ms. Alia Al-Duaij, CEF Course Administrator
Email: [email protected], Telephone: +965-2224-5114

Please use the CEF nomination form.

Language: English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Attendance is by nomination and invitation only.

Expenses covered by CEF for participants: economy air travel, hotel lodging, and per diem.