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Message from the Chairperson of the Organizing Committee Message from the Chairperson of the Organizing Committee

"Promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all."

In my capacity as chairperson of the Organizing Committee, I take this opportunity to invite colleagues and all participants (practitioners, policy makers, Researchers, Academics and Development Partners) to the 17th Regional Seminar for Labour–based Practitioners, which will take place from the 13th – 17th November, 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme for the 17th Regional  Seminar is:


"Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Employment–intensive Investment Approach". 


As you all know, unemployment is a global challenge that is constraining livelihood opportunities for millions people, driving internal and external displacements and fuelling frustrations, particularly among the youth, leading to higher incidents of violence or conflict around the world. Addressing unemployment and related social challenges remains to be a global priority for the foreseeable future. Promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all is one of the outcomes for the Sustainable Development Goals (#8), that is aimed at increasing decent work opportunities but also more robust, inclusive and poverty-reducing growth. It is also a challenge that we as practitioners must embrace and contribute in resolving it.

The 17th Regional seminar will provide participants with a chance to deliberate on the role and contribution of employment intensive approach in achieving the above and other SDG outcomes, mainly focussing on building national capacities for employment creation, expanding employment-based social protection floor and conserving the environment - including addressing climate change and its adverse effects. Participants will also deliberate on new developments and innovations in the construction technology including  the use of natural resources and local materials, training delivery, work organization, socially inclusive procurement, green infrastructure delivery and ICT that promote resilience and sustainable livelihood for the poor and vulnerable people.

The Seminar will feature distinguished keynote speakers with local and global knowledge and experience. We shall also have high level technical presentations on policies, strategies and innovations related to employment intensive infrastructure delivery.  The presentations will be complemented by plenary/group discussions, site visits and exhibitions of products and services. The seminar will also offer an opportunity for interaction and networking among the participants. I therefore urge all participates to come prepared to take full advantage of the various sessions.

The Organizing Committee is fully committed to deliver the most inspirational and educational Seminar ever and to ensuring your safety, security and comfort during the course of the Seminar.

The committee looks forward to meeting you all in Addis Ababa.


The Chairman of the Organising Committee

Ato Araya Girmay

Director General

Ethiopian Roads Authority

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