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Angola, UNDP strengthen employment and training cooperation

Tue, 06 Oct 2020 15:01 - Updated Tue, 06 Oct 2020 15:03

Luanda - Ministry of Public Administration Labour and Social Security (MAPTSS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed on Tuesday a memorandum of cooperation aimed to strengthening collaboration in the areas of employment and technical and professional training.

The memorandum reinforces cooperation in implementing the areas of activity of the Action Plan for the Promotion of Employability (PAPE), improving the capacity of the National Vocational Training System (SNFP), as well as increasing partnerships with the private sector, civil society and academic.

The agreement which results from a framework of strategic collaboration between the Government of Angola and UNDP aims at increasing the country's employment levels, in line with the National Development Plan (PDN 2018-2022) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ) of the United Nations.

The partnership follows the study carried out by UNDP and the International Labor Organisation (ILO) on the development of professional skills in the province of Huíla, resulting in the need to strengthen cooperation between the parties in the field of technical and professional training.

The Minister of Public Administration, Labour and Social Security, Teresa Rodrigues Silva, said that technical support is needed to accelerate programmes to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, such the strengthening of the National Vocational Training System and the promotion of employment.

The support for the implementation of the professional internship programme for young people trained by INEFOP and private companies, strengthening of technical and pedagogical capacity at the National Training Center for Trainers, technical support for reforming legislation, basic employment law and complementary legislation are listed by the ministry after the implementation of the memorandum.

Also under this partnership, joint actions are planned, such as seminars, workshops, round tables among other actions of common interest.

In turn, the UNDP permanent representative, Edo Ferninand Stork, said that the intention is to enable the Angolans find decent work and a positive way to contribute to the development of society.

"This partnership may be crucial, as it allows Angolans to be equipped with knowledge to develop the country's economic and social sector, with a focus on young people and women," he said.

Meanwhile, he guaranteed to work to ensure that the memorandum is executed and translated into important actions for the benefit of the country.